During the summer of 2015, renderings were revealed of Lalezarian Properties’ planned 35-story, 220-unit mixed-use tower under construction at 323 Tenth Avenue, between West 28th and 29th streets in West Chelsea. At the time, the ground floor of the tower was being constructed, and the developer’s two other 13-story buildings at 507 West 28th Street – with a combined additional 155 residential units – were close to topping out. Today, the larger structure is 25 stories above street level and the smaller 13-story components are nearly fully clad in glass. The photos are courtesy of Tectonic (h/t Curbed). The entire project will encompass 337,978 square feet, and rental units will average 779 square feet across all three buildings. There will also be a total 16,068 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Avinash K. Malhotra Architects is the design architect and completion is expected later this year.
YIMBY brought you new renderings last year of the planned 11-story, 11-unit residential building at 251 West 14th Street, in southern Chelsea, and now the site has changed hands. Commercial Observer reports Italy-based Pizzarotti IBC has acquired the property for $23 million, but plans to go ahead with what the previous developer, B+B Capital, had in mind. The project will measure 23,470 square feet in its entirety and is being designed by ODA Architecture. Its full-floor condominium units will measure between 1,700 and 2,500 square feet. Last December, building permits for the project were approved and demolition permits were filed for the existing four-story residential building.
In April, Pace Gallery announced plans to redevelop its main building at 540 West 25th Street in Chelsea into an eight-story gallery complex. Now, developer Weinberg Properties has pushed forward with the project by filing applications for a 60,000-square-foot building on the site between 10th and 11th avenues.
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.
In the first half of 2015, YIMBY reported on filings for a nine-story, mixed-use commercial building at 61 9th Avenue, on the corner of West 15th Street in Chelsea, and now Crain’s has the first rendering of the project. The entire structure will measure 153,754 square feet in total, and there will be 115,000 and 37,000 square feet of boutique office and retail space, respectively. Retail will be located on the cellar through the second floor. Rafael Viñoly is behind the design, and Vornado Realty Trust and Aurora Capital are developing. Demolition permits were filed in December to remove the existing lumber shop and billboard sign. Groundbreaking is expected in mid-2016, with completion scheduled for early 2018.