Related, Oxford in JV to Develop 26-Acre West Side Yards

The pair are planning a mixed-use master-planned community with 12 million square feet of commercial and residential development.

May 27, 2010
By Allison Landa, News Editor

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Global real estate firm Related Companies and Canadian institutional investor Oxford Properties Group have teamed up to develop the largest undeveloped single piece of property in Manhattan, the 26-acre West Side Yards in Midtown.

The pair are planning a mixed-use master-planned community with 12 million square feet of commercial and residential development. That entails approximately 5,000 residences in nine buildings, three corporate headquarters sites, a retail complex with anchor department store, a 300-room five-star hotel and 1,000-room convention hotel, cultural facilities, and a new 750-seat public school. It will also incorporate 12 acres of public space.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded Related the development rights in 2008. This week the two executed a binding contract to lease the site for 99 years; the joint venture is putting up an additional $21.8 million in deposits.

Oxford president and CEO Blake Hutcheson said when announcing the news: ““In our view, this is a world class site and Related is a world-class partner. Oxford believes in the future of New York and could not think of a better way to express that confidence than being an integral part of developing the West Side Yards.”