While much of the activity along The High Line has been concentrated along adjacent lots in the West 20s, work appears to be imminent at a long-vacant site between 17th and 18th Streets. Owned by Edison Properties, the property has seen several visions — and Curbed has renderings of an unbuilt two-towered configuration — though current plans have not been disclosed.
The Real Deal notes that 501 West 17th Street used to be home to a gas-processing plant, which explains why work on the project is beginning without any approved permits for future buildings. As a ‘brown’ site, the soil conditions must be remediated before new development can start, and it appears that the process is underway, with the former parking lot now reduced to dirt.
In the meantime, the lot will remain home to a billboard, which has hosted both advertisements and art pieces. Though permits are lacking for an actual building, new ones have been filed for illuminated signage, so it appears that the commercial art installation may be getting an upgrade before it is cleared to make way for eventual development.
Despite the lack of public plans, Edison’s HLP properties — which will be the division developing 501 West 17th Street — has noted that the project will be mixed-use. Completion is likely by the early 2020s.
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