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Rendering (l; ZH Architects for Bernstein Real Estate) and photo (r; CityRealty) of 211 West 29th Street Rendering (l; ZH Architects for Bernstein Real Estate) and photo (r; CityRealty) of 211 West 29th Street
In Chelsea, it is safe to say that the increasingly popular Passive House movement has gone to entirely new levels: Construction has just topped out on the 24-story mixed-use, mixed-income rental built to Passive House standards at 211 West 29th Street. The new building will be just behind Harlem’s Sendero Verde and the House at Cornell Tech for the title of New York’s largest Passive House.
Like all buildings designed to Passive House standards, 221W29 will have continuous filtered air, triple-glazed windows, and lower energy consumption in the entire building as a result. However, a rendering released by Passive House pros ZH Architects shows that style was not sacrificed in the drive toward sustainability. The building has an attractive stone facade, and its large windows will fill the 55 studios through three-bedrooms with light.
221-West-29th-Street Rendering via ZH Architects
Amenities at this doorman building will include a gym, laundry room, and bike room. Several dining options can be found practically right outside the door of 211W29; for those who’d rather cook at home, Whole Foods is down the street. Pennsylvania Station and its myriad transportation options are only three blocks away.
A housing lottery has not yet launched, and market-rate rents are not yet available. According to CityRealty listings, Chelsea’s median rent is $3,295/month for studios, $4,395/month for one-bedrooms, $6,500/month for two-bedrooms, and $5,500/month for three-bedrooms. A few doors down, the luxury no fee rental Chelsea29 opened its doors last year. The 95-unit building only has one studio available priced at an eye-watering $4,150/month.
221-West-29th-Street 211 West 29th Street in the center with Hudson Yards to the left (center via CityRealty)

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