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245 Tenth Avenue

Rendering of 245 Tenth Avenue

Rendering of 245 Tenth Avenue

By Carter B. Horsley

One of the most distinctive new buildings in Chelsea is 245 Tenth Avenue, an 11-story residential condominium building.

The building, which was scheduled for completion in 2009, will have distinctive facades of randomly stamped stainless steel panels with a faceted diamond pattern and tinted, fritted and clear glass and the basic plan of the building is of two rectangles that are perpendicular to one another but share a small part of an edge of each.

The building's unusual window patterns will be somewhat like a crossword puzzle and the panelized system of semi-reflective stainless steel are designed to appear like the graduated shades of gray within glades, conjuring, according to Della Valle Bernheimer, the project's architects, abstract images of steam clouds from locomotives that used to run on the High Line.

245 Tenth Avenue

245 Tenth Avenue

Grasso Holdings, whose other projects in the city include 50 Pine Street and 124 West 24th Street, is the developer of the 21-unit project.

The architectural form of 245 Tenth Avenue, however, is further complicated by the fact that the building bulges outward at a slight angle near its base.

The building has a full-time doorman, a residents' terrace and lounge overlooking the High Line, private basement storage, and Abigail Michaels concierge service.

Apartments have recessed track lighting on exposed concrete ceilings, keyed entry/elevator access, 9-foot-8-inch-high ceilings, ebonized oak flooring, individual air-conditioning, Lualdi frameless doors of ebonized oak and lacquer with stainless steel hardware, building-wide chilled water, stainless steel radiator covers, and Bosch washers and dryers.

Kitchens have recessed lighting, stainless steel countertops, RIFRA fixtures and cabinetry designed by Della Valle Bernheimer, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Thermador ovens and cooktops, and Bosch dishwashers.

Bathrooms have Inca grey slab flooring and tiles in showers, radiant floor heating, Toto commodes, RIFRA fixtures, and Corian tubs.

The two penthouse units have wood-burning fireplaces, 10-foot-6-inch-high ceilings, double Thermador ovens, Gaggenau cooktops, Ipe wood decking, private outdoor showers and Sub-Zero Refrigerators. One will have 1,450 square feet of exterior space and the other 1,850.

An article in the April 10, 2011 edition of Sunday New York Times by Sarah Kershaw said that the building, "which has stood empty for almost 18 months before being refinanced several months ago was the first to hold open house this weekend will require contributions to the park as part of the monthly common change.  The offering plan  of the building, which has 18 condos and two commercial spaces, and is steps from the nearly finished second phase of the park, says the residential and commerical  tenants will make an annual; $10,000 donation, or about $400 per unit, on average, depending on size.  The money will go to Friends of the High Line, which raises 70 percent of the parks budget."

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