Plans to ad a 150-room hotel and new offices on top of the existing Chelsea Market building have stirred up strong feelings in the community.
Over the past two years, a fee on certain transactions between theaters and high-rise developers has funded a city grant program that contributes to theater-related programs.
Condo and retail developers have spent the past decade following artists from other parts of New York to west Chelsea. But the rapid development has yet to eat away at the vibrancy of the Chelsea art scene.
The neglected shell of the former St. Vincent’s Midtown hospital, closed in 2007, will be gutted and rebuilt as condominiums. Major flooding, mold, and rodent issues have caused a mess for neighborhood residents.