Retail

601 West 26th Street

Ground-Floor Retail Planned In 20-Story Office Building At 601 West 26th Street, West Chelsea

RXR Realty is planning to convert the ground floor of the Starrett-Lehigh Building – a 20-story, 2.3-million square-foot office building at 601 West 26th Street, in West Chelsea – into 50,000 square feet of retail space. The building, built in 1931 and designed by Cory & Cory, is an individual landmark and sits within the West Chelsea Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve the plans. According to Crain’s, new retail will span the full length of Eleventh Avenue between West 26th and 27th Streets. Verizon previously occupied the ground and second floors of the property along Eleventh Avenue but agreed to relocate within the building. An architecture firm has not been selected, although construction is tentatively expected to begin next year.




Work at 38 West 33rd Street. Photo by Tectonic.

Scope Grows As Construction Underway At Torkian Group Project On West 33rd Street, Midtown South

It was way back in September of 2014 that YIMBY reported on filings for a new residential building at 38-46 West 33rd Street (a.k.a. 38 West 33rd Street), in Midtown South. Then in June of 2015, we revealed a rendering of the project. In September, the Torkian Group development got financed by a $105 million loan. Now, the project’s scope is slightly bigger and construction is underway, which we can see in a pair of photos sent to us by our friend Tectonic.

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615 10th Avenue

Developer Closes On Mixed-Use Development Site At 615 Tenth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

Back in November, XIN Development, the U.S. branch of Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate, entered into contract to purchase the development site at 615 Tenth Avenue, between West 44th and 45th Streets in Hell’s Kitchen. Now, the developer has closed on the site for $57.5 million, and a mixed-use building with up to 90 condominium units is planned, according to The Real Deal. It will include mostly one- and two-bedroom residential units, as well as 20,000 square feet of retail space. The property is currently home to a Hess Express gas station, which must first be removed.


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