A new rendering reveals what appears to be a 12-story glass commercial tower at 278 8th Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan. The 40,000-square-foot property extends from West 23rd Street to West 24th Street and is owned by JJ Operating, who purchased 258-278 8th Avenue for $107 million in 2017.
The site is currently occupied by a two-story, 25-foot-tall commercial structure with 198 feet of frontage. It houses a Gap retail store, New York Sports Club facility, and a CVS pharmacy store. It is also steps from 23rd Street subway station, serviced by the C and E trains.
Although the architect is unknown for the rendering, the image depicts an interesting design with a variety of large glass windows, some double-height, and light and dark cementitious material. The structure towers over the lower rise edifices that line the busy intersection of 8th Avenue and West 23rd Street. It’s unclear what the building will be used for, but there are several landscaped setbacks and one triple-height terrace on the east elevation.
Demolition permits were filed this week for 258 8th Avenue, with Breeze National Demolition is the applicant of record. However, no new construction permits have been filed.