Is there a clear-cut line between southern Chelsea and the Meatpacking District now that both are no longer gritty?
Not really, says a committee that is trying to launch a new Business Improvement District called Meatpacking Area BID that would treat the two areas as one in order to provide maintenance, development and promotional services.
For better or worse, ever since the construction of the High Line Park,existing tenants on Manhattan’s far West Side have felt its effects. Some have reaped the benefits of added pedestrian traffic, while others have faced the sting of being squeezed out of the area thanks to escalating rents.
At Heller Gallery, a hub for contemporary glass sculpture that’s been housed at the base of 420 West 14th Street since 1973,the latter has become an unfortunate reality. While their lease on the 3,600-square-foot gallery isn’t set to expire until July, owners have ex- pressed interest in leaving sooner, citing the rising cost of operating in the Meatpacking District.
As leasing agent at the six-story, E.B.S.-owned building, Winick Realty Group Director Kelly Gedinsky has been tout-ing the asset’s great location and high ceiling in her marketing campaign to would-be retailers. After the jump, Ms. Gedinsky reviews the floor plan with The Commercial Observer and discusses what, exactly, will draw future tenants to the space once Heller Gallery vacates early next year.