Demolition Update: 520 West 28th Street

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Related’s latest High Line development is the Zaha Hadid-designed 520 West 28th Street, which was unveiled earlier this summer. The building promises to bring futuristic aesthetics to a section of The High Line that’s dominated by more traditional architecture. Indeed, all the new buildings to the north – like the AVA High Line, 529 West 29th Street, and 500 West 30th Street – draw on ‘classic’ looks, and employ standard brick facades. 529 West 29th and 500 West 30th are both being developed by Related, so the change of pace in their choice of architect is definitely welcome, as it will bring variety to the vicinity.

Rising eleven floors, 520 West 28th Street will have 37 units, with the largest condominiums measuring 5,000 square feet, which is enormous for new construction in the area. Combining the building’s boutique feel with its futuristic and name-brand design should yield impressive results, as 520 West 28th Street will expand the northern range of super-luxury additions adjacent to The High Line.

Once complete, 520 West 28th will eventually deal with another neighbor abutting The High Line, as the building has an irregular L-shaped plot; a portion of the lot spans the entirety of the block between 27th and 28th Streets, but Related is missing several lots on the northern side of 27th Street adjacent to The High Line. No plans have yet been filed for those buildings, but given the neighborhood’s luxury cache, it’s likely the eventual neighbor will compliment Zaha Hadid’s creation.

Plans are definitely moving forward, as permits were filed with the Department of Buildings in late July; once approval is secured, excavation should begin. Equipment has been on-site for some time, and only minor demolition and clearance is needed before real progress can occur.

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