Moinian swaps plans for High Line condominium project

The firm in 2016 unveiled a Zaha Hadid-designed mixed-use project, though it's not clear whether those plans remain

Joseph Moinian of The Moinian Group and 220 11th Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)
Joseph Moinian of The Moinian Group and 220 11th Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

UPDATE: June 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: The Moinian Group appears to have changed its mind for its development site near the High Line.

The developer filed an application with the city’s Buildings Department to construct a nine-story office property at 220 11th Avenue, near 26th Street. The project in Chelsea will stand 133 feet tall and the site is zoned for about 148,000 square feet of commercial space, according to the application.

Moinian did not immediately return a request for comment.

New York YIMBY first reported news of the filing. The swap comes as the neighborhood is in the midst of a residential building boom.

Zaha Hadid (Credit: Wikipedia)

Zaha Hadid (Credit: Wikipedia)

In 2016, Moinian announced it was going to bring a condominium project, designed by the late Zaha Hadid and her London-based firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, to the site, a vacant lot the developer has owned since 2002.

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But now, Zaha Hadid Architects is not part of the development.

“Zaha Hadid Architects’ design responded to the brief for a mixed-use residential/cultural building for the site. We are no longer involved with the project,” a spokesperson for the firm said in an emailed statement to The Real Deal.

Moinian at the time of its announcement said Hadid had finished the plans before her death and that the building would have “loft-like condominium residences, a collection of penthouses and a cultural institution.”

The original 2016 filing with the Buildings Department for the site listed SLCE Architects as the architecture firm of record. The project was set to stand 11 stories tall and have 43 apartments.

“We are deeply honored to develop one of Zaha’s final creations and cement her astonishing legacy forevermore here in Manhattan. She was a special woman and a friend who we all miss very much,” Moinian’s Mitchell Moinian said in a statement at the time.

The architecture firm of record on the new application is Studios Architecture, which also did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Update: This article was updated to include a comment from Zaha Hadid Architects.