September 23, 2013
By Heather Holland
MURRAY HILL — A new park planned for Murray Hill will be a tranquil green space featuring ginkgo trees, granite paths and a water fountain, according to details revealed by the developer.
JDS Development Group plans to build a privately owned, public park at 626 First Ave., filled with shady seating areas and bike parking, crisscrossed by granite and limestone paths, according to renderings of the project obtained by DNAinfo New York.
JDS Development’s park, which is set to be constructed alongside two luxury rental towers that are scheduled to open in early 2016, is slated for the northeast corner of the property, at the FDR Drive and 36th Street.
The developer is set to offer the proposal to Community Board 6 at a public meeting on Sept. 30, and the plan will need to be approved by the Department of City Planning before work can begin, according to Sandro Sherrod, chairman of CB6.
“It’s really done very well,” Sherrod said after viewing the plans. “There are lots of trees and grassy areas where you might want to have a picnic — it has that kind of atmosphere.”
JDS Development Group did not respond to a request for more details on the park proposal.
The two residential towers — which will reach 40 and 49 stories with 800 units in all — will frame the park.
The buildings will be connected by a sky bridge and will include a rooftop lounge and pool, a juice bar, a yoga studio, a daycare center and a golf simulator, according to the developer’s website.
The development neighbors P.S. 281, a new elementary school that opened this month.
While construction will take place during school hours, the developer promised to work with the school to minimize the impact of construction on students, JDS representatives previously told DNAinfo New York.