Demolition is now complete at HFZ Capital Group’s 153 Tenth Avenue, which will surround The High Line with two ten-story buildings. The project’s architect is not mentioned, but the website does say the development is still in the design phase. Given the disclaimer, the most recent rendering – which may or may not reflect the final design – was quite bland, showing two drably-colored modernist boxes.
The High Line is in a unique situation with so many opportunities for expressive design, and too many signature projects could create visual clutter – so seeing restrained architecture at 153 Tenth Avenue isn’t actually a bad thing. The buildings will still be luxurious, as each of the development’s 35 residential units will average over 2,500 square feet. 153 Tenth will also feature 8,000 square feet of commercial space, and the two towers will be connected by a base that runs underneath The High Line.
An earlier photo of the demolition is in the above set, and the warehouse that used to sit on-site began coming down this past spring. With equipment active on the western portion of the property, it seems excavation is about to begin – a slew of permits relating to 153 Tenth Avenue’s construction were approved this week, and though several minor filings were rejected, the most important paperwork appears to be complete.