For decades, the town grappled with the question of what to do with a small parking lot above the Lincoln Tunnel in Hell’s Kitchen ‘Slaughterhouse,’ its informal name honoring the main hub of local butchers there. in the past.
On Monday, it seemed like all parties were drawing a step closer to the answer when the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced that the Manhattan Borough Board had approved a double-skyscraper plan for 495 11th Ave. which would bring hundreds of new affordable housing units to the community, including a hotel, offices and even a supermarket.
This was the last bureaucratic hurdle EDC crossed to gain approval for the project, which will be developed by Radson Development and Kingspoint Heights. The Ministry of Buildings and the Public Design Commission have yet to approve the project before the ground is thrown, but the EDC predicted that could happen sometime in 2022.
The 350 housing units of the two skyscrapers, of 55 and 56 floors, will be 100% affordable and permanent housing, the EDC noted. Approximately 75 of the units will be provided to formerly homeless individuals and families as supportive housing units, where residents will receive various health and social services from the Center for Urban Community Services.
“This project will provide essential affordable housing and services to some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers, and strengthen the business and tourism sectors, which are critical to the city’s economy and recovery from the crisis. COVID, ”EDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb said.
The slaughterhouse site was once the home of the New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company, a six-story building that served for years as a last stop for cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse and then to the meat markets around the city . The company ceased operations in the 1970s and the city took title to the building in 1978 due to non-payment of property taxes.
For the next four decades, the location remained in a state of uncertainty.
First, the Economic Development Corporation attempted to turn the slaughterhouse into office space in the 1980s, but that plan failed after the building was deemed structurally unhealthy.
In 1993, the city demolished the structure, and after 18 months the site was converted into a parking lot for the NYPD.
Over the past decade, the city has sought to redevelop the site as well as other underutilized locations in the nearby Hudson Yards. In 2015, at the request of the Manhattan Community Board 4, EDC issued a request for proposals to redevelop the Slaughterhouse site.
The final plan, agreed upon after nearly six years of feuds between EDC, Community Board 4, City Council Chairman Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and others, led to the double plan. skyscrapers that will create around 2,540 construction jobs and 641 permanent jobs. works.
“Manhattan Community Board 4 identified the Slaughterhouse site for permanent affordable housing with a range of income in 2009 and, after more than a decade of advocacy, we are confident the project will result in 100% permanent affordable housing including the community. desperately needed. Said Council 4 Chairman Lowell D. Kern.
EDC says the developers have agreed to hire locally, making deals with two local unions: 32BJ SEIU and the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council.
“Radson Development and Kingspoint Heights are thrilled with this opportunity to bring a fully affordable residential building with support services to Hell’s Kitchen, as well as a new hotel and supermarket,” said Dan Rad of Radson Development. “We look forward to an ongoing partnership with the community as we build and rent this project.