Demolition Finishes for COOKFOX’s 335 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan

335 Eighth Avenue. Designed by COOKFOX

Demolition work is complete at 335 Eighth Avenue, the site of an upcoming seven-story residential building in Chelsea, Manhattan. Designed by COOKFOX and developed by MAG Partners and Penn South (aka Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc.), 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 served as 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. The project is being co-financed by MAG Partners and global holding company Safanad.

The entire structure has been razed and the site has been partially excavated below street level since our last update in mid-June, when demolition was just about to begin on the former low-rise occupant. A few small piles of concrete debris remain behind green sidewalk fencing. The cluster of glass skyscrapers in Hudson Yards and Manhattan West are now clearly visible in the background with the absence of the former retail and sports facility.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The main rendering depicts 335 Eighth Avenue clad in a uniform red brick façade with a grid of floor-to-ceiling windows and several stepped setbacks on the upper levels topped with landscaped terraces. There are also a pair of short mechanical bulkheads capping the superstructure, 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 market, and other typical everyday essentials. The store will be the German company’s second outpost in Manhattan, following a Harlem location at 2187 Frederick Douglass Boulevard that opened in February 2022. Lidl is expected to work with Hire NYC to offer employment to local residents 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.

335 Eighth Avenue’s anticipated completion date is slated for sometime in 2026.

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6 Comments on "Demolition Finishes for COOKFOX’s 335 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan"

  1. Strangely out-of-context low rise building for the neighborhood and the transit access.

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 2, 2023 at 9:27 am | Reply

    The brick color is not too different from that of the neighborhood, there’s a lot of food to choose from the Lidl supermarket. Eating, living, and working must have for residents that’s enough: Thanks to Michael Young.

  3. Good to see a prudence balance on multiple levels:
    ▪︎.Manageable 7-story size (w/all floors capable of being reached by FDNY aerial ladders—street sides, at least)
    ▪︎ Disparate (non-fully luxury) income mix opportunity
    ▪︎ Brick w/smaller energy-efficient windows reflects traditional NYC sensibilities (+ glassy/classy hi-rise lux mkt appears to be presently saturated)

    Bravo/Kudos to ALL, from associated visionaries, to the tradesmen/women involved!

    PS I bid other NYC 5-Boro developers to checkout some of the modern 3-story brownstone designs out there, creating more livable/breathable density levels—@ the outer Boros, at least!

  4. Cook Fox does it again, MAG partners do good projects. Shame the zoning on this site sucks, it should be as tall as the towers behind it.

  5. They need to build housing on the giant surface parking lot just west of this plot. It’s easily 3 times the size and no demolition required.

  6. Bravo for not being another cheap souless glass box. Should have been taller tho. Chelsea desperately needs more housing, especailly affordable housing!

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