When Hurricane Sandy hit, most of the damage to Manhattan came in the form of flooding, but some buildings were also casualties of high winds. That was especially true at 92 Eighth Avenue, located between 14th and 15th Streets in Chelsea, as the structure’s facade collapsed during the storm, leaving the interiors exposed. But fortunately it is finally being replaced, and YIMBY now has the reveal for the new building, designed by C3D Architecture.
Permits list the developer as Maxine Gilbert of GO 8th Ave. LLC, and the building will stand six stories tall, split between 1,957 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and 7,660 square feet of residential above. It will be divided between nine rental apartments, averaging 850 square feet apiece.
Per C3D, “a fully glazed curtain wall spans over the entire height of the building, extending into the sky. A patterned print on the glass at each floor level provides privacy for the apartment and lends the façade lightness and rhythm. The side walls are clad in metal panels, setting the building apart from its neighbors and giving the all glass façade a strong framing.”
While the 14th Street corridor could easily house significantly more density, prohibitive zoning restricts development significantly, limiting the neighborhood’s potential and driving up prices into the stratosphere. Still, the replacement for 92 Eighth Avenue is a positive addition compared to the previous structure, which was evidently decrepit and structurally unsound.
Permits for 92 Eighth Avenue were submitted for examination in March per the DOB, and pending their approval, construction should begin shortly.