Chelsea Enclave

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177 Ninth Avenue, New York City, NY

Chelsea Enclave
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Exterior view of Chelsea Enclave
Building Information
Developer Brodsky Organization
Architect Polshek Partnership Architects
Number of Units 53
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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177 Ninth Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Chelsea Enclave offers an urban oasis in the heart of Chelsea neighborhood with luxury apartments that share an enclosed garden with the General Theological Seminary. This seven story low-rise condop also houses the Seminary's new Keller library, famous for its collection of Ancient and English Bibles.

The Seminary sold Sherrill Hall, built in the 1960s, to the Brodsky Organization for condominium conversion in an effort to raise more funds for their institution. The Seminary has also sold 2,3,4 Chelsea Square, 422, and 445 West 20th Street to Mr. Brodsky as part of their strategic plan entitled "The Plan to Choose Life" aimed to pay off their approximate $40 million debt.[1]

The Chelsea Enclave struggled with presales as it hit the market on the auspicious date of September 15, 2008, when the Lehman Brothers collapsed and the economy plummeted. Its multimillion dollar prices likely contributed to this lack of buyer interest as well.


Location

The Chelsea Enclave is aptly named for its secluded and picturesque location between 20th and 21st Streets along Ninth Avenue. This building spans an entire city block in the Chelsea neighborhood that is known for its luxury condominiums and over 200 art galleries.

The General Theological Seminary

The building adjoins to the eastern edge of the General Theological Seminary that share a common garden space called “the Close.” This secluded courtyard, typical of English cathedrals and universities, is planted with American elms and manicured grass, giving residents a pastoral feel with all the conveniences and attractions of urban Manhattan.[2]

The Seminary sits at the center of Chelsea Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The condominium building is close to the High Line, an old rail line converted into an elevated urban park or aerial greenway. This popular attraction amongst tourists and locals alike has inspired more real estate developments along this corridor.

Residents with children have an easy day care option on site with the year-round Children’s Garden Nursery and Preschool located at Lorillard Hall in the General Theological Seminary.

Some nearby schools in the area include James Baldwin School, Hudson High School of Learning Technologies, Manhattan Business Academy, Humanities Preparatory Academy, and PS 11 William T Harris.[3]


Construction

While the Chelsea Enclave was completed in 2010, the General Theological Seminary that it is part of existed as far back as 1817. GTS is the oldest seminary of the Episcopal Church, and the oldest building on the campus dates from 1827. Dean Eugene Augustus Hoffman envisioned the seminary to be built on the Oxford school model with neo-Gothic buildings surrounding a central Close or quadrangle.[4]

The press called his plan "Dean Hoffman's Grand Design." Taking up an entire city block, the campus is comprised of over a dozen brick and brownstone buildings, including dormitories, faculty apartments, classrooms, and Hoffman's jewel, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

The Chelsea Enclave blends seamlessly into this Gothic Revival style with its red brick and glass facade, mixing prewar and modern elements. Since the seminary is part of the Chelsea Historic District, Polshek Partnership Architects had to submit their exterior design of the Chelsea Enclave for approval by the Landmark Preservation Commission.[5]

This low-rise building was originally intended to be higher if the Brodsky Organization had won their bid for a 17-story building. This proposal created a controversy among community members and politicians because this historic part of Chelsea has a strict height restriction of 75 feet. The Brodsky Organization and the Seminary eventually settled on the current building whose smaller scale better fits with its context.

Layout and Features

There are 53 apartments in this seven story building, with layouts offering one to four bedrooms. The penthouse suites are multilevel and range from two to four bedrooms with floor to ceiling and wraparound windows.[6] Over sized windows in all units let in lots of natural light and provide great vistas of the tree-shaded Close, a backyard that all residents can enjoy.

The interiors have white oak floors, customized cabinets, and semi-open kitchens furnished with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Bosche appliances. The top units offer views of the Neo-Gothic inspired General Theological Seminary buildings and the historic Chelsea neighborhood.

Floor Plans

There are over 50 floor plans available. Here is a small selection.

Amenities

The Chelsea Enclave offers a vast array of amenities for its residents to enjoy:

  • Access to the Close shared with General Theological Seminary
  • Bicycle and private storage
  • On-site parking garage
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Children's playroom
  • Rooftop deck with sun decks and stainless steel grill for dining and entertaining
  • Fitness center with yoga room


Bylaws

Chelsea Enclave Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


Rentals are available for all bedroom layouts, including penthouses. There are no balconies for barbecues in the Chelsea Enclave, but the rooftop deck has a stainless steel grill and dining area.

Sustainability

In 2007, the General Theological Seminary underwent extensive renovations to reduce its carbon footprint by introducing an energy-efficient geothermal system that reduced the need for rooftop cooling towers and window air conditioners.[7]

The Episcopal Church affiliated with the Seminary places a high value on environmental stewardship. The condominium units in the Chelsea Enclave reflect this environmental awareness through its own sustainability features: timer-controlled radiant heat floors in the bathroom, ample garden space at street level and on the rooftop, and its central location perfect for walking and biking to and from daily errands.[8]

Trivia

The Desmond Tutu Center on Tenth Avenue
  • Clement Clarke Moore, best known as the author of the poem "Twas the night before Christmas," was the one who gave this parcel of land, previously an apple orchard, to the Episcopal Church for use as a seminary. He would later become a professor at General Theological Seminary.[9]
  • In 2012, The Brodsky Organization bought the Desmond Tutu Center, named after retired South African archbishop and social rights activist. The Center was opened in 2007 and operated as a hotel and conference center. Brodsky bought it under the name "The Highline Hotel LLC." Curbed reports it will continue to operate as a 60-room hotel under the name "High Line Hotel" since it overlooks the High Line urban park. [10]The building also has a private garden for guests.
  • The General Theological Seminary's Close has often appeared in episodes of Law & Order as a stand-in for other schools. Law & Order was filmed just a block away at Chelsea Piers. The Seminary's neo-Gothic architecture and proximity to film studios makes it an attractive and accessible spot for shooting.[11]


References

  1. New York Observer - Brodsky to Buy Desmond Tutu Center
  2. Wikipedia - General Theological Seminary
  3. Walk Score website
  4. Wikipedia - General Theological Seminary
  5. New York Times article
  6. The New York Condo Blog
  7. Web Wire - General Seminary begins major environmental initiative
  8. New Construction Manhattan
  9. General Theological Seminary website
  10. Curbed
  11. Wikipedia - General Theological Seminary


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