Foundation Work Underway For Aloft Hotel at 132 West 28th Street, in Chelsea

132 West 28th Street, designed by Peter Poon Architects.

Work on the foundations for 132 West 28th Street is now underway. Located in Chelsea between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, the structure will be a 326-foot-tall, 32-story Aloft Hotel with 203 rooms. Peter Poon Architects is behind the design while Frank Ng is the developer. Recent photos show that the building is one floor away from reaching street level.

The main rendering of 132 West 28th Street, Photo by Michael Young

Looking at the site through the construction fence. Photo by Michael Young

The DOB permits and rendering posted on the construction fence show a simple building massing with repeated floor plates. A small setback on the roof parapet will make way for two water towers hidden behind a dark-colored louver screen. The eastern and western elevations will most likely be left blank. The window panels will be separated by a staggered pattern of dark-colored frames that span every two floors.

The hotel’s amenities include a fitness center, a ground floor bar and lounge, an outdoor terrace on the second floor, a business center on the third floor, and a club on the 30th floor. The Aloft at 132 West 28th Street will be one of several new hotels coming to the Chelsea and NoMad districts. This will be the tallest building on the block when completed, and will offer views of Lower Manhattan. Work is also underway for another Aloft Hotel in the Financial District at 50 Trinity Place.

A formal completion date has not been announced yet.

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9 Comments on "Foundation Work Underway For Aloft Hotel at 132 West 28th Street, in Chelsea"

  1. l always like to see those water towers, don’t completely block them!

    • Jack Liberman | March 26, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Reply

      It’s instant landmarks for NYC, these wooden water towers. Piss only Russians on YouTube who thinking that these water towers are obsolete and shows NY and America decaying…
      However these water towers are replaced every 20-30 years. And this is a law required to have them for any structure over 6 floors.
      NYC Water Towers, only in NYC!!! And only 3 companies intstall them and maintain them.

  2. “The eastern and western elevations will most likely be left blank.”

    Why is this allowed? Building code should mandate that at least some semblance of windows be required on lot line walls of this height that are unlikely to be concealed, even if the windows are artificial.

    • Jack Liberman | March 26, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Reply

      This left for future tall neighbors, this is a mid block
      construction. In future, 10-20 years, these old buildings will be replaced by same height as this new hotel or even taller. Rendering shows like nothing, like center position of this building, but it’s construct in the middle of existing early 20th century street wall of low rises. 32-story tower in the block where tallest one is 16-story.

  3. Apropos roof-level water storage tanks, does anyone who contributes to or hosts this forum know why, even on new buildings, New York City seems to prefer those quaint, barrel-shaped water storage tanks with turret roofs which look like they properly belong to the 19th century. Rectangular, bolt-together, sectional tanks which can provide for a much lower profile (and thus easier to conceal) are readily available and are used elsewhere. Are those barrel-shaped tanks a long-outdated code requirement or is it a case of a monopoly fabricator with, shall we say, good relations with the city government?

    • Jack Liberman | March 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Reply

      It is a law requirement to have them for any building over 6 floors. Only 20-30,000 dollars cost to built them and install with service life of 20-30 years, and they are wood barrel. I don’t know if steel tank is better, wooden tanks are working well, just required periodical service and cleaning.
      So why we should change this on something new but not proven???

    • Jack Liberman | March 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm | Reply

      They are so authentic and became NYC one of most recognized landmark!!! They are cheap to install and maintain, and 3 NYC companies made them for using same technology for 150 years, and reluctant to change what is works well!!!

      • ..and l think that wood is the best material for maintaining the true taste of the water, as opposed to metal

  4. The rendering confuses me. Is the outdoor seating meant to be on a different rooftop across 28th Street?

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