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Last night’s event celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project, but without any actual ground to break, the developers and the designers from SHoP Architects simply threw down a pile of dirt to stick their shovels in. The project itself entails a new 300,000-square-feet complex complete with a huge, 1.5 acre green public rooftop.

The inside, meanwhile, will house new boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment, all with gorgeous views of the harbor. Another interior element to the building will be a new stage called Platform 17. The designers envision this as a venue for fashion shows, concerts, or galas that will also be able to accommodate a 500-person seated dinner. The new structure is expected to hold its grand opening some time in 2015.

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