By Carter B. Horsley
Chelsea Stratus is the tallest condominium
tower in Chelsea and the only condominium tower in the phalanx
of tall apartment buildings that sprouted in the city's former
Flower District on the Avenue of the Americas above 23rd Street
after a rezoning in the late 1990s.
The 491-foot-high, 40-story tower at 101 West 24th Street has
been developed by LCOR and designed by SLCE Architects.
It will have 204 apartments on is on the west side of the Avenue
on the former site of a parking lot that had been used by Con
The building, which was completed in 2008, has 24-hour doorman
and concierge service, 16,000-square feet of retail space, a roof
deck designed by Thomas Balsey that will feature a dog run, catering
and entertainment facilities for the residents as well as a basketball
The new tower has a five-story base and many balconies. The north
and south ends of the tower are gently curved and faced with a
gray-tinted glass. Apartment ceilings ramge from 9.5 to 11 feet.
There is excellent public transportation in this area, which is
close to the Flatiron District and Madison Square Park.
LCOR, whose corporate office is located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania,
has about $8 billion in developments completed, under construction,
or in pre-development and has developed more than 20,000 residential
units and more than 16 million square feet of commercial space
nationally. LCOR was formed in 1992 when its principals acquired
the assets of the Linpro Company that has been founded in 1978.
The building has a variety of apartment layouts, most of which
are 1- and 2-bedroom units. There are some 3-bedroom penthouses
on the top three floors.
There are many balconies. Kitchens have Macassar ebony cabinetry
and stainless-steel appliances. Bathrooms have separate showers
and bathtubs and Wenge wood vanities.
The building's lobby has slate walls and a
waterfall and there is a fitness center, and a lounge with a fireplace,
a billiard table and a dining area with catering kitchen.
Madison Square Park is one block to the east
and there is excellent public transportation in the area and very
good retail to the south on the Avenue of the Americas.