MEATPACKING DISTRICT — The developers planning to redesign the entire south side of Gansevoort Street from Ninth Avenue to Washington Street have launched a website to track their progress through the required public approvals process.
The row of buildings has long been under the ownership of William Gottlieb Real Estate, which owns many properties around the Meatpacking District. Aurora Capital Associates, relatively recent partners in the properties, is leading the Gansevoort development.
The project is called Gansevoort Row and involves renovating some of the buildings and adding several floors to the two closest to Washington Street. BKSK Architects is tasked with designing the project, and recently unveiled renderings at a small neighborhood meeting showing their plans.
Those renderings are now posted on the new Gansevoort Development website. The site promises further updates, and says the project leaders plan to go before Community Board 2 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission in October.
The proposed buildings are actually less tall than the zoning allows, but because the area is landmarked as the Gansevoort Market Historic District, the project's design must get the approval of the LPC.
The developers have also discussed petitioning the city to lift a restriction barring them from leasing the upper floors of the buildings as office space.
At the meeting, Aurora Vice President Jared Epstein said City Councilman Corey Johnson and the Department of City Planning had told him they would be willing to lift it if Epstein secured approval from the local community board.