The Related Companies has yet another residential plan in the works along the northern stretch of the High Line, their latest at 539 West 29th Street. It's just down the block from the 33-story tower of Related residentials getting ready to rise at 500 West 30th Street, said to designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The new plan at 539 is for 15 floors with 126 units and, once again, Related's architect of record is Ismael Leyva. The new building application hasn't been approved yet; at the end of April the plan exam by the Department of Buildings resulted in a thumbs down. And some zoning issues are still pending. But given the numbers found on the Schedule A, this one could be boxy, in the mode of +Art a block to the south at 540 West 28th Street.
This new plan is part of the development land rush in the vicinity of NYC's newest neighborhood at Hudson Yards, Related's mega-project covering 26 acres where 5.5 million square feet of commercial and residential buildings will go in, all encircled by the last stretch of the High Line. Rising across the street from 539 West 29th will be the block-busting Avalon West Chelsea, where the big dig out for 700+ new residential units is on-going. Towering above Related's newest project, where an old garage stood until it was demo'ed last summer, is the big white slab of nightlife fun, better known as Ohm. Proximity to the High Line is proving to be the economic boon foreseen by the Bloomberg administration when this area was re-zoned back in 2005, a plan that just might be the only NYC re-zoning scheme that can be called "award winning."
· 500 West 30th Street coverage [Curbed]