Foundation Work Continues For “HAP Eight” at 215 West 28th Street, in Midtown

The southern elevation for 215 West 28th Street. Render from HAP Investment's main website

Caisson pilings and ongoing foundation work have been spotted for the site of 215 West 28th Street, on the northern edge of Chelsea. Dubbed, “HAP Eight,” the project is set to stand 20 floors and 210 feet when complete. Comprised of two adjoining buildings, the site is being designed by DXA Architects and developed by HAP investments. The lot sits directly to the north of The Fashion Institute of Technology, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. The nearly 300,000 square-foot project will consist of two separate buildings, one addressed as 215-219 West 28th Street, and the second addressed as 221-229 West 28th Street.

Recent photos from the site show the extent of the work being done for the upcoming foundations for the two structures:

Foundation work continues for 215 West 28th Street. Photos by Yimby user, JC_Heights

Work extends towards the back of the property with excavation work. Photo by Yimby user, JC_Heights

Caisson pilings being driven into the ground. Photo by Yimby user, JC_Heights

Both components will incorporate an even grid of large square-shaped windows and two setbacks towards the upper half of each structure, culminating with a flat rooftop. The exterior panels in between the windows are sloped and sculpted, adding a play of shadow to the exterior envelope. The two buildings both carry this design pattern, but are individually distinguished by a light-colored and dark-colored palette. Landscaped setbacks will become the outdoor terraces for some of the residential units.

Inside, plans call for 112 rental units and 87 condominiums, with amenities including a fitness center and spa, a rooftop deck, and bicycle storage.

There have been a number of changes to the design of the towers, with several old schemes incorporating a cantilever over a neighboring tenement building. On the bottom floor, there will be about 20,000 square feet of retail space that spans both components of the new project. When completed, the sheer size and bulk of both buildings will make a modest impact on the neighbrohood compared to the old low-rise buildings that once stood on the site. Views of Madison Square Garden and Lower Manhattan can be seen from the future rooftop space.

A completion date was previously set for 2019, but might be pushed to sometime towards the latter half of 2020.

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4 Comments on "Foundation Work Continues For “HAP Eight” at 215 West 28th Street, in Midtown"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Hard work appeared here and you see I see, take it easy on construction impossible. (Thank you)

  2. Here’s an obvious prediction – nothing will rise on this foundation. Nothing. HAP has consistently shown that they do not have the wherewithal to finish a project. YIMBY should take a field trip up to 665 West 187th Street and take a gander at “HAP Four”. What you’ll see won’t look much different from the pictures in this article. “HAP Four” has been a neglected hole in the ground for years now and there is absolutely no reason why one should expect “HAP Eight” to turn out any differently. HAP is very good a composing pretty renderings, digging holes and breeding mosquitoes but when it comes to successfully constructing multifamily housing, they consistently drop the ball.

    • 187th Street is very different from 28th Street. The market for new development in Chelsea is a whole lot more stronger than Inwood.

  3. David in Bushwick | January 8, 2019 at 6:12 pm | Reply

    Umm, are they serious with this final design? It looks like they could only afford one design for two buildings.
    And one of them looks dirty.

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