Given all the competition in the West Chelsea scene?in fact, we're working a new development about every two weeks?buildings tend to announce themselves with a bang. Not so in this case, where a project called Chelsea Enclave has mostly flown under the radar. It came to our attention when a tipster alerted us to a sales office being prepped on Tenth Avenue and 22nd Street. More digging turned up the teaser website, featuring the verdant renderings you see above. The address is 177 Ninth Avenue (between 20th and 21st Streets), which used to a harbor a four-story church building. Now, the property is a construction pit wrapped in plywood. The property is landmarked, and so the isolated inner landscaped areas?more Maine than Manhattan, no??are dotted by older buildings that were/are part of the General Theological Seminary. If someone could enlighten us as to the status of religion's role in this little miracle, it would be appreciated.
The project will be marketed by Corcoran Sunshine, and according to a source, the full reveal will not be until the offering plan gets approved and the sales office opens in mid-September. According to a DOB new building permit, the new Ninth Avenue structure will be seven floors and have 54 units. A name that appears on the permit is Enzo Depol, of architecture firm SLCE. The permit was issued in late July, and the owner is listed as Chelsea West 21st Street LLC, with a dude named Mark Green as the owners' rep. We're looking forward to this one, if only to see how quiet meditation sells in a land where the High Line and all of its surrounding craziness is the amenity du jour.
· Chelsea Enclave [chelseaenclave.com]
UPDATE: Ah, we knew we'd heard this song before. Per a commenter, this is?obvs?the end result of the lengthy Chelsea Seminary capital-raising controversy. Certainly looks different than it did in 2005 and 2007. The lessons, as always: Not even the good lord can step in the way of Historic District height limit.