Residents of Chelsea are still pissed off about the Chelsea Market expansion, but they don't have to fret over the building getting taller until 2015. For now, the only changes happening at the market are taking place inside, where space for eight new food vendors is being created in an area previously occupied by Amy's Bread. The vendors will be up and running by mid-February, but the Times reports that real estate experts are already predicting competition from the forthcoming Pier 57 mall and Hudson Yards.
And that, of course, has the neighbors already freaking out about the increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic the neighborhood will see. The office towers will be seven and eight stories tall, bringing 300,000-square-feet of space and thousands of new workers. "There are tons of new residential developments planned for the Hudson Yards area, and people who live in Midtown West could potentially work in Chelsea Market and walk all the way down the High Line to work," one broker told the Times. "So all those traffic patterns are going to completely change." Given how much Chelsea residents already hate visitors to the High Line, we can't imagine they'll welcome new High Liners with open arms just because they work in the neighborhood.
· Before Expanding Outside, Market Will Revamp Indoors [NYT]
· Chelsea to High Line Tourists: We Pretty Much Hate You [Curbed]
· All Chelsea Market coverage [Curbed]
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