Yes, this door, a simple door located in THE CALEDONIA fronting onto The High Line Park, could very well be the most expensive door in the world….. Reliable sources have told us that negotiations between the building and the Parks department have broken down after the building was asked to pay an annual fee of $ 800,000.00 to the Parks department to operate this access point to the High Line Park.
Located in West Chelsea, steps from the Meat-Packing District, THE CALEDONIA is a condominium and rental building with a large Equinox Gym developed by RELATED, the company best known for its development of the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle and the Superior Ink building in Greenwich Village. The building that fronts the High Line Park has a door to access the old elevated railway turned hotspot park that runs from the Meatpacking District all the way north to the Hudson Yards in the 30’s.
“This is another example of a ridiculous City tax that simply won’t work,” says Matt Amico, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman and member of the LUXURYLOFT team. Matt, who lives in the Caledonia and is a resident broker expert in the building added: “The building always knew it would have to pay a fee to the Park’s Department for this access point: the building built and provided a bathroom and elevator that the City has an easement to access. But asking for $ 800,000.00 a year for the use of a door is excessive and out of touch with reality. It is this form of New York-style government abuse that causes people and companies to head out of state.”