Developer Urban Standard Development is now seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals to build three extra stories as part of a 10-story, nine-unit residential project at 142 West 19th Street, in Chelsea. The developer requires a variance from the city to build a project taller than seven stories, the height of the adjacent buildings, due to zoning rules that restrict new buildings on narrow lots from being taller than their immediate neighbors, DNAinfo reported. Filings with the Buildings Department currently resemble the 10-story proposal. If a variance is granted, the project would measure 16,903 square feet and its residential units would probably average 1,803 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. Two of them would be duplexes. Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed a preliminary rendering of a seven-story building that can be built without a variance. Think! Architecture and Design is behind the design. A four-story, seven-unit residential building must first be demolished.
Work is well underway to install the curtain wall on the 11-story, 39-unit mixed-use building under development at 520 West 28th Street, in West Chelsea. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos taken by ILNY/NYConstructionPhoto (h/t Curbed NY). The building, encompassing 188,696 square feet, was designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who also fashioned the yet-to-be revealed design for another condominium project at 220 11th Avenue, two blocks south. At 520 West 28th Street, the ground floor will host 11,183 square feet of commercial-retail, followed by 39 condominiums on the floors above. On average, the apartments should measure 3,533 square feet. Amenities include a 75-foot-long pool, a private IMAX theater, a spa suite, an entertainment room, a fitness center, private residential storage space, a garden near the lobby, and an automated 11-car parking garage in the cellar. Related Companies is the developer and Ismael Leyva Architect is the architect of record. The structure topped out earlier this year and completion is expected later this year.
Last month, the Moinian Group announced that they were planning a condo project at 220 11th Avenue that had been designed by the late, renowned Zaha Hadid. Now, the firm has filed new building applications for the 11-story development in Chelsea.
Deborah Berke Partners has been selected, through a competition, to design the mixed-use conversion of the eight-story, 100,000-square-foot former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, on the corner of the West Side Highway in West Chelsea. The competition included over 43 entrants, Curbed NY reported. Last October, Empire State Development (ESD) awarded NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group a 99-year lease of the property, to transform it into community facility and commercial space. Dubbed the Women’s Building, it will house a women’s rights organization, community space, an art gallery, and a restaurant. A construction timeline has not been released. The facility was evacuated in preparation of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Inmates were never transported back to the location due to storm damage and budgetary constraints.
Related Companies is in contract to acquire, for an undisclosed amount, the assemblage of properties at 170 Eleventh Avenue, 548-552 West 23rd Street, and 555 West 22nd Street, in West Chelsea. The developer plans to build a 22-story, 140-unit mixed-use building at the site, Curbed NY reported. New building permits have not yet been filed with the Buildings Department, although early estimates put the size of the project at 288,000 square feet. It’s unclear what the other building use will be, although both commercial and community facility space are allowed by zoning. If all four existing buildings, which range from one- to three-story commercial structures, are razed, the site would be able to accommodate a maximum 291,324 square feet of mixed-use development as-of-right. An additional 70,000 square feet of air rights are being acquired and transferred to the site, probably to increase the amount of residential space that can be built. As the assemblage spans across different zoning district, the Department of City Planning must approve the air rights transfer.