The proposed project is a development plan for the Hudson Square waterfront that will provide funding necessary to repair the severely deteriorated piles under Pier 40 in Hudson River Park and create new and affordable housing units for seniors and local New York families.

As envisioned by state legislation passed in 2013, the transfer of some development rights from Pier 40 to the privately-funded development across West Street would provide for urgently needed improvements to Pier 40 after being subject to a public review process.

Designed by world-renown architect COOKFOX, the proposed St. John’s Center development at 550 Washington Street would consist of commercial, retail and residential space including up to 1,586 residential units, of which 30% would be permanently affordable in a mix of low income, moderate income, and senior housing. Additionally, the development would include a 10,000 square foot indoor recreational center, available for development residents and the public. 

Applications for a proposed rezoning of the SJC site are undergoing a full public review via the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which includes review by Manhattan Community Board 2, the Manhattan Borough President, the City Planning Commission, and the New York City Council. The formal public review process for all aforementioned zoning actions commenced on May 9, 2016.



      Houston Overpass Before



After with Removal of Houston Overpass (COOKFOX Architects)


The Land Use Review application can be found here:


Changes to the project design outlined in a September 30th letter to the City Planning Commission can be found here.


Additional planning information on this proposed project for consideration can be found here, including:

  1. Immediate urban context is mixed-use, high density and large school
  2. The existing “super-block” is proposed to be broken into three distinct sites that are scaled to the immediate context
  3. Opening at King Street (or Charlton Street) creates several urban design challenges
  4. Pedestrian experience at existing east west corridors
  5. Pedestrian friendly street level retail is in the proposal




 View of proposed project from the West Side Highway (COOKFOX Architects)                


Westbrook Partners is a fully-integrated real estate investment management company that is an owner, operator and developer of apartment, for-sale residential, office, retail, industrial and hotel properties in gateway locations throughout the world. Founded in 1994, the privately-owned firm has offices in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Munich, Paris and Tokyo, among others. Westbrook Partners’ professionals have invested in over $50 billion of real estate transactions primarily in major global markets. In the New York City area, the firm’s professionals have invested in over 100 individual properties across a broad range of property types, representing more than $8.5 billion of real estate transactions.

Atlas Capital Group, LLC was founded in 2006, to invest in value-added real estate transactions globally. Atlas’ portfolio consists of more than $3 billion of residential, office and retail assets in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami, London and Dublin. Atlas is a full-service real estate investment, development and management firm.