Friday, September 2, 2011

Three New Construction Projects Break Ground in Chelsea

Latest sign of the Chelsea construction boom: Three new projects break ground along a five-block stretch of 15th Street, between Union Square and Ninth Ave.

10 East 15th Street:

The New York City School Construction Authority acquired the two-story building at 10 East 15th Street for $39 million from the Teamsters Local 810. The SCA completed demolition of the old union hall, which had had been vacant since 2008. A new 8-story school will be constructed to house 350 middle school students from the Clinton School for Writers and Artists, and a 550-seat high school, an SCA spokesperson said.

While it is too early in the design process to estimate the project's costs, the city has tapped PKSB Architects for the job, which is slated for completion by September 2015.
31-35 West 15th Street:

Alchemy Properties recently demolished the old Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers union hall at 31-35 West 15th Street using a non union crew, and racking up a huge list fines from OSHA to the NYC Department of Buildings.

Construction of a 32-story condominium will begin late this year, with six floors reserved for the expansion of Xavier High School, which sold the air rights above the existing school to the project.

414 West 15th Street:

Across from Chelsea Market, a partial foundation has been poured for a new 25-story residential building designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. Construction, which was halted in 2007, will resume this fall, according to developer LM Legacy Group.
By Peter Coyne /