A new massing has been revealed for Related Companies’ 511-525 West 18th Street and 500 West 19th Street. The developer made headlines in 2014 with their move to purchase the site for $200 million, setting a record for the West Chelsea neighborhood, and moved forward with City Planning Approvals by the end of 2016.
It has been reported that Related plans to build residential towers as high as 250 feet tall, having likely bought neighboring air rights to allow twice the scope of what would otherwise be possible.
The final design will obviously vary from the massing diagram onsite, but the image still reveals plenty. First, its emphasis on rounded-edges likely portends a restrained style, which might be a wise choice as it will become next-door neighbors with the bold, unrestrained, and Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building.
YIMBY reported on the eastern end of the site fourteen months ago, when permits were initially filed. They show a 10-story building with 63 condominiums, as well as 10,291 square feet of commercial-retail space, but applications for the larger component are still pending.
Demolition permits were filed in November of 2016, and new building permits have not been filed yet for either site. The estimated completion date is set for December of 2020.