Demolition preparations are underway at 335 Eighth Avenue, the site of an upcoming seven-story residential building in Chelsea, Manhattan. Designed by COOKFOX and developed by MAG Partners, the 200,000-square-foot structure will yield 188 residential units with 30 percent dedicated to affordable housing for low- and middle-income residents under the Affordable NY Program, as well as a 23,000-square-foot Lidl grocery store on the ground floor. Titan Industrial SVC Corp is the demolition contractor and Urban Atelier Group is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 26th Street within the Penn South affordable housing cooperative, officially known as Mutual Redevelopment Houses.
Recent photographs show sidewalk scaffolding set up around the perimeter of the current occupant of the site. Black netting should soon be assembled over the rest of the structure, and demolition will likely unfold quickly given the building’s modest low-rise scale.
The main rendering depicts 335 Eighth Avenue clad in red brick with floor-to-ceiling windows and several stepped setbacks topped with landscaped terraces on the upper levels. A pair of short mechanical bulkheads cap the structure, and the ground floor will feature oversized windows for the retail frontage.
YIMBY last reported that the Lidl supermarket will feature a bakery, fresh produce, a floral shop, meat and seafood, and other everyday essentials. The store will be the company’s second location in Manhattan, following a Harlem market that opened in February 2022. Lidl is expected to work with Hire NYC to offer employment to residents in the local community and provide comprehensive benefits such as healthcare for all full- and part-time employees, regardless of hours worked per week.
The property is a short walk from the C and E trains at the 23rd Street station.
Demolition is anticipated to wrap up in the third quarter of 2023, and the new residential development and Lidl are expected to open in 2026.