Sep 21, 2012

Groundbreaking on Final Section of the High Line


 Construction Will Proceed in Three Phases With First Phase Projected to Open in 2014

Final Segment to Wrap Future Hudson Yards; 26-Acre Mixed-Use
Neighborhood Development Starting Later This Fall

Groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the third and final section of the High Line. 
(Photo Credit: Edward Reed)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the start of construction on the third and final section of the High Line.

Located between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west, the final section of the elevated railway, called the High Line at the Rail Yards, extends one half mile beyond the current northern end of the High Line park, which has welcomed more than ten million visitors since it opened in 2009.


The High Line at the Rail Yards surrounds Related Companies/Oxford Properties Group’s Hudson Yards project that is anticipated to start construction later this fall. Construction on the estimated $90 million extension of the park will proceed in phases, and be financed by a combination of public and private funds. The first phase is projected to open in 2014, extending the High Line park to West 34th Street and connecting the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea with the future No. 7 subway station, the Javits Center, and the future Hudson Yards neighborhood.


The High Line at the Rail Yards will extend the celebrated High Line park and add new design features that respond to the unique context created by the future Hudson Yards neighborhood. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design will include familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a designated play area for children, new bench typologies, and an interim walkway wending through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs, which will close at dusk.

The High Line at the Rail Yards is being designed by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf – the same designers behind the first two sections of the High Line park – along with a team of structural engineers, lighting designers, electrical and mechanical experts, and others construction specialists. Design renderings for the first phase of the High Line at the Rail Yards can be viewed at www.thehighline.org.




 
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