Construction is progressing on 44-54 Ninth Avenue, an eight-story commercial expansion project above a row of landmarked townhomes on the border of Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, and the West Village. Designed by BKSK Architects and developed by Tavros Capital, the new structure will stand 102 feet tall and yield offices and ground-floor retail space. Mepa Realty is the owner and Broadway Construction is the general contractor for the property, which is alternatively addressed as 351-355 West 14th Street and is located at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 14th Street.
Recent photos show the historic low-rise structures covered in scaffolding as the new reinforced concrete superstructure rises within. Crews are nearing the last set of office floors, with topping out likely to occur in the coming weeks.
Below are photographs of what the site looked like before any work began.
Plans that were previously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) show the updated and current iteration featuring an earth-toned terracotta envelope with a matte glazing enclosing the new building. A setback stretching the length of the top floor faces west and will overlook the street and plazas, while a flat roof parapet caps the structure. This will be set back from the street and the original pitched roof lines of the townhomes that date back from the 1840s.
The ground floor and cellar levels of the historic structures last served as retail and dining spaces with partial residential use on the upper levels. The overhaul will remove the white stucco from their façades, restoring their original red brick appearance. Other components of the project include the restoration of the roofs and second-story wooden shutters and balconettes, and a minimal use of dark gray metal paneling on the updated commercial frontage.
The renderings and diagrams below give us a good glimpse of the thoughtful integration between the old homes and new expansion.
44-54 Ninth Avenue will complete work next spring, as noted on the on-site construction board.
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