The newest Bjarke Ingels Group-designed project has now partially topped out. The taller 36-story component of the XI, at 76 Eleventh Avenue in Chelsea, has reached this milestone when just seven months ago, it was merely two stories high. With only a few months in between YIMBY’s visits, the enormous scale of the new building is quite shocking, as it rose incredibly quickly. The theatric nature of the twisting concrete sculpture certainly catches the attention of visitors from the High Line park, where many tourists are already snapping photographs. HFZ Capital Group is responsible for the development.
GDS Development has acquired an additional 7,410 square feet of air rights for their planned condominium development at 500 West 25th Street, in West Chelsea. The air rights were purchased from Brookfield and Related. Valued at $685 per square foot, GDS’ additional investment totals about $5.1 million.
While YIMBY normally covers aggregate new building applications on an annual basis, this year, we have released our first mid-year pipeline report, and the results are surprisingly positive. After two years of declining applications following the frenzies of 2014 and 2015, the preliminary numbers for 2018 appear to be signaling a major uptick in activity. Year-over-year filings of new residential units have grown substantially, rising from 9,134 in the first six months of 2017, to 15,305 in 2018 — an increase of 67.5%.
Situated one block north of “The XI,” designed by Bjarke Ingels, and sitting adjacent to Frank Gehry’s IAC Building and Jean Nouvel’s residential tower at 100 Eleventh Avenue, Thomas Heatherwick is bringing his first set of residential buildings to the High Line, just after his “Vessel” recently topped off at Hudson Yards. The project, located at 511-525 West 18th Street, is being developed by Related Companies and will be one of the largest buildings in Chelsea when completed.
Pace Gallery’s new building at 540 West 25th Street, located between 10th and 11th Avenue, has structurally topped out, and installation of the curtain wall is now well underway. The existing gallery is located next to the High Line at 508 & 510 West 25th Street, standing one story tall, and uses four large skylights that flood the interior with natural daylight. The new 60,000 square foot building will stand eight stories and be designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, and developed by Weinberg Properties.