Construction Remains Stalled at 251 West 14th Street in Chelsea

251 West 14th Street. Designed by HTO Architect. Rendering by Pizzarotti Group

Construction is still stalled at 251 West 14th Street, an 11-story residential project in Chelsea. Designed by Isay Weinfield and FORM4 Design Studio PLLC, the reinforced concrete superstructure currently stands more than halfway to its pinnacle. Approximately four floors remain to be completed, including the upper portion above the setback that cantilevers over the adjacent western neighbor. Pizzarotti is in charge of the build, which is expected to yield a total of 25 condominiums.

Comparing recent photographs with those from our last update back in late January show the wooden formwork on the center line perimeter column of the semi-finished eighth floor has been removed. This leaves the steel rebar, which was already formed in place and awaiting the next concrete pour, exposed to the elements. The same is true for the inner core walls that serve as the spine of 251 West 14th Street and stand protruding prominently at the top of the structure. This rebar assembly is showing signs of rust, with streaks of red rust stains on the surfaces of the concrete walls directly below. Temporary wooden railings on the eighth story, as well as black netting and poles that stuck out from the main southern elevation, have also been taken out.

251 West 14th Street. Photo by Michael Young

251 West 14th Street. Photo by Michael Young

251 West 14th Street. Photo by Michael Young

251 West 14th Street. Photo by Michael Young

251 West 14th Street. Photo by Michael Young

It is unclear what has caused the halt in construction and when work will resume on the project. It is possible that the design could be simplified to facilitate completion.

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6 Comments on "Construction Remains Stalled at 251 West 14th Street in Chelsea"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 12, 2020 at 7:07 am | Reply

    When you have experience or have done it, you can tell what creations are: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. Hmmm. I don’t know what to say about this one. Maybe the idea of a simplified design would make this better?

  3. Life has been stalled.

  4. A neighborhood eyesore which I have to walk by right now. Most likely a victim of the current pandemic and economic downturn.

  5. The rebar is rusting. It should be replaced.

  6. Michael D. Skelly | October 12, 2020 at 5:15 pm | Reply

    They ran out of cash long ago on this project, their waiting on a bank to advance the cash, but no banks in the city want to advance any cash at the moment..

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