435 West 19th Street’s Steel Addition Rises in Chelsea, Manhattan

435 West 19th Street. Designed by RAND Engineering and Architecture

Construction is progressing on 435 West 19th Street, a three-story addition and residential conversion of a former warehouse building in Chelsea, Manhattan with Rand Engineering and Architecture listed as the architect of record. The steel-framed expansion will bring the structure to eight total stories with 18 units averaging 1,400 square feet apiece. Churchill Real Estate Holdings is the owner of the site, which went through a bankruptcy auction led by Meridian Investment Sales in the early months of 2020. The original owner Six Sigma filed for bankruptcy twice with over $40 million in debt after purchasing the property for $21 million in 2014. Countywide Builders Inc. is the general contractor for the project, which is located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

Recent photos show the state of the ongoing steelwork above the original parapet. As seen in the main rendering, the project also involves the replacement of the red brick exterior with a new light-colored façade.

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

With its complicated timeline and delays in building, it’s nice to work finally taking shape. Photographs taken last week show construction workers installing various steel segments onto the partially built extension. The columns, beams, and girders for the seventh floor appear to be mostly in place and the last major part to assemble is the flat roof. The original parapet along the main southern elevation is extended upward with cinder blocks and is going to become a setback. Sidewalk scaffolding encloses the ground floor, while additional scaffolding on the western side temporarily covers the building.

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

435 West 19th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The building will reportedly yield one studio unit, 12 one-bedroom units, two two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom penthouse apartments all spread across 35,588 gross square feet. Six Sigma’s website formerly stated that the homes will have access to residential amenities including a private “sky garage,” a swimming pool, a wine cellar, theater, gym, private storage, cold storage, and outdoor space.

An original completion date on the construction board was stated for June 2021, but it looks like work will be done sometime in the first half of 2022.

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7 Comments on "435 West 19th Street’s Steel Addition Rises in Chelsea, Manhattan"

  1. They should replace the brick, add some new details around the windows, and then continue that with the addition. Sadly, I’m afraid that is not what is going to happen, and from what I see in the rendering, this is really a shame.

  2. really crap to add cheap cinder block to beautiful red brick

  3. Once I see a major typo in an address, I can’t look at the structure. Does anyone proofread? Cheslea? Really?

    • In what universe is this not Chelsea? Even the most conservative borders of Chelsea draw it as 14th to 23rd and 7th Ave to the Hudson, placing this smack in the middle of Chelsea. More expansive borders stretch Chelsea north and east, but by any measure 19th St between 9th and 10th Avenues is as Chelsea as you can get.

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