Construction Update: 218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

Construction continues to make rapid progress at 218 West 35th Street, which is one of the more significant hotels to rise in Midtown Manhattan so far this decade; the project’s developer is Cayre Investments, and SRA Architecture designed the building.

Besides the tower’s topping-out, work has also continued on cladding; a rendering has finally surfaced on-site as well, giving a better look at what will be the finished product.

218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

While the design is not terrible, 218 West 35th Street certainly falls on the bland side of the aesthetic spectrum. The building is set back from 35th Street, though that is hardly surprising given the predominant appearance of new hotel developments in the neighborhood. Given what could have happened, the result is inoffensive.

218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

Renderings depict cladding on the upper-most floors that will actually add to the building’s character, however minimally, and it appears that there may be vague inspirations from the Art Deco period in the tower’s upper-most ‘fins,’ though whether the computer-generated images translate into reality is questionable.

 

218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

Even at 40 stories and 432 feet in height, 218 West 35th Street is completely invisible on the overall skyline; completion of the 342-room development is expected in January of next year.

218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

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Posted in 218 West 35th Street | Architecture | Cayre Investments | Construction Update | Hotel | Midtown | Midtown West | New York | SRA Architecture

Approved: 461 West 34th Street

461 West 34th Street today, via Google Maps

Permits have been approved for a new hotel on the corner of 34th Street and Tenth Avenue, and the filings have been accompanied by zoning diagrams, giving a preliminary look at the project’s form. The architect of record is DSM Design Group and a partnership between Atria and Marx Development is building the tower; Manhattan Regional Center’s website has additional information on the future Marriott.

The diagrams depict an average, box-like hotel, though a step-back will exist after the fourteenth floor. 461 West 34th Street will stand 312 feet in total, and its scope will span 197,253 square feet; while permits list the number of rooms at 399, the number given on MRC’s website is 385, and the development’s cost is $181.1 million. At the very least, the tower’s lower levels will be flush with both 34th Street and Tenth Avenue.

461 West 34th Street

461 West 34th Street’s zoning diagram

Regardless of the discrepancy, the building will certainly be on the larger side for new hotels in the city, though its neighbors across Tenth Avenue will certainly be far larger. The site will soon sit in the shadow of Related’s Hudson Yards development, and is also located directly across the street from the Hudson Spire site.

A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers on recent hospitality-related transactions gives a 2016 completion date for the project, which will house a Courtyard by Marriott. If 461 West 34th Street’s cousin at 307 West 37th Street is any indication of the brand’s preferred Midtown West flavor, the building’s ultimate design may end up less than stellar — but given the imminently-attractive location, plans will hopefully be geared toward an appropriate facade.

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Posted in 461 West 34th Street | Architecture | DSM Design Group | Hotel | Marriott | Marx Development | New York

Permits Filed: 131 32nd Street

131 32nd Street -- image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a hotel at 131 32nd Street in Brooklyn’s Greenwood neighborhood, which will be designed by Michael Kang. The project is being developed by Qui Lai Liu, and is located immediately to the west of Greenwood Cemetery, just to the south of Gowanus.

131 32nd Street

131 32nd Street aerial, via Google Maps

The DOB filings indicate that 131 32nd Street will stand six stories, with 20,987 square feet split between 74 hotel rooms; the building lacks any zoning diagrams or renderings, but it is likely that its form will be severely basic.

Michael Kang’s website has additional images of his hospitality portfolio, and if the firm’s past work is any indication, 131 32nd Street will be a take on the Soviet-chic style of development. Kang has been responsible for the design of several hotels in the outer boroughs, each of which seemingly look to Sarajevo’s bombed-out Mojmilo Olympic Village for inspiration.

While the Cold War look is apparently gaining traction within the hotel development community, it does not add to the fabric of the city; indeed, Soviet-style aesthetics are typically withdrawn from the street-wall, creating buildings that are isolated from adjacent structures and the urbanity of the surrounding neighborhood, as well.

Greenwood may be relatively isolated, but it does enjoy proximity to Costco’s Brooklyn location; despite the convenience to big-box retail, the site’s potential will likely go under-utilized. Still, the new hotel will be an improvement over the current warehouse.

No completion date for 131 32nd Street has been announced.

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Posted in 131 32nd Street | Architecture | Brooklyn | Greenwood | Hotel | Michael Kang | Qui Lai Liu

Permits Filed: 60 West 37th Street

The former garage at 60 West 37th Street, image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new 42-story hotel that will rise at 60 West 37th Street; the lot spans the width of the block, and has an additional address at 59 West 36th Street. Peter Poon is listed as the architect of record, and Hidrock Realty is developing the site; The Commercial Observer reported that Hidrock acquired the lot early last year for $28.5 million.

DOB filings for 60 West 37th Street indicate the tower’s 195,360 square feet will be entirely dedicated to commercial use. The permits show that the skyscraper will stand 402 feet in total, with its square footage divided between 313 rooms, as well as an ‘eating and drinking’ establishment that will span the third and fourth floors; the Schedule A has additional details.

60 West 37th Street

60 West 37th Street’s zoning diagram, via the DOB

Despite the lack of renderings, zoning diagrams give an idea of what the tower’s envelope will look like; though the building will stand 42 stories tall, its location will guarantee that the project remains invisible on the overall skyline. That may be a good thing, given Poon’s involvement as the architect of record, as his previous creations in the neighborhood are generally less than appealing.

59 West 36th Street

The former garage at 59 West 36th Street, image via Google Maps

No completion date has been announced, but Hidrock has been shifting assets in the vicinity; next door to the planned Poon, Crain’s reported that the Hidrock-owned 65 West 36th Street was sold to the Sioni Group for $29 million this past October. With demolition permits for the existing garage at 59 West 36th Street issued in January, vertical progress appears imminent.

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Posted in 60 West 37th Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Hidrock Realty | Hotel | Midtown | Midtown West | New York | Peter Poon

Permits Filed: 350 West 40th Street

The existing 350 West 40th Street, image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a substantial hotel that will soon rise at 350 West 40th Street; Kaufman’s latest creation is being developed by Sam Chang, of McSam Hotels. The pair have collaborated on numerous projects in the vicinity.

Per the DOB filings, 350 West 40th Street will stand 35 stories tall, but ceiling heights will be incredibly low, as the tower will only rise 315 feet to its pinnacle. That does make sense given its scale and the size of rooms, which will be tiny; the 177,729 square foot development will be divided between 594 ‘dwelling units,’ aka cabins.

The average room will measure well under 300 square feet, and each floor will have 18 units. The ground level will have bicycle parking, the lobby, and an ‘eating and drinking establishment,’ while there will also be a rooftop lounge.

No date for completion has been announced, but permits for the demolition of the existing parking garage were approved on January 14th, indicating construction is imminent; the block is already largely dominated by budget hotels, so at least the new 350 West 40th Street won’t be out of character for the location.

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Posted in 350 West 40th Street | Architecture | Hotel | Kaufman | Midtown | Midtown West | New York | Sam Chang

Construction Update: 30 Park Place

30 Park Place

The new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at 30 Park Place is making rapid vertical progress, and the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building is now passing its shorter neighbors. Silverstein is developing the 67-story skyscraper, which will soon become the tallest residential tower in Lower Manhattan.

30 Park Place

30 Park Place

As of the last update, from one month ago, the tower was it its fourth floor; now that superstructure work has passed the podium levels, the building has begun to shoot upwards. 30 Park Place is now rising at the rate of two floors per week, with the simplified floor plans aiding the speed of construction.

30 Park Place

30 Park Place

The most recent permits indicate that the 937-foot tower will have 179 hotel rooms and 159 condominiums, with residences starting on the 24th floor; a mechanical level will separate the building’s components. Construction should continue at the current pace for the remainder of the tower’s rise, which means that 30 Park Place could potentially be topped-out before the end of 2014.

30 Park Place

30 Park Place

A new teaser website for the building is also up; while no new renderings have been released, it does have a penthouse view, captured in the below screen-grab. With the highest residences in the building located over 900 feet above street level, the vistas will be impressive and unobstructed — though the rapidly-rising 56 Leonard will eventually intrude on the panorama, albeit in a positive way, since the Herzog & de Meuron-designed tower will be an architectural marvel.

30 Park Place

30 Park Place, penthouse view — image via the official website

Completion of 30 Park Place is expected in 2015.

30 Park Place

30 Park Place — via YIMBY reader JPH

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Posted in 30 Park Place | 99 Church | Architecture | Construction Update | Downtown | FiDi | Hotel | New York | Residential | Robert Stern Architects | Silverstein

Permits Filed: 245 West 34th Street

245 West 34th Street today -- via Google Maps

Permits are up for a 17-story mixed-use development that will rise at 245 West 34th Street; the architect of record is Gene Kaufman, and the developer is Cornell Realty Management LLC.

The DOB filings indicate that the project will have approximately 45,000 square feet in total, and 8,257 square feet on the lower levels will be dedicated to retail, which makes sense given the development’s frontage on 34th Street. A 180-unit hotel component will stand above; given the ‘residential’ portion measures only 36,789 square feet, rooms will be very small, averaging under 200 square feet.

245 West 34th Street

245 West 34th Street when complete — image via Winick

Winick Realty’s website has additional information on the commercial component, including a rendering, which indicates that 245 West 34th Street will conform to Kaufman’s typical aesthetic — bland and budget-oriented.

Demolition permits for the existing one-story structure were filed and approved earlier this month, and per Winick, the new 245 West 34th Street will open in the spring of 2015.

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Posted in 245 West 34th Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Cornell Realty Management LLC | Hotel | Kaufman | Midtown | Midtown West | New York

Construction Update: 133 Greenwich Street

133 Greenwich Street

Excavation is underway at 133 Greenwich Street, which will soon become a 30-story Marriott Courtyard. The project’s architect is Danny Forster Design Studio, and the developer is Hidrock Realty LLC; the site is located adjacent to the World Trade Center.

133 Greenwich Street

133 Greenwich Street — image from Danny Forster Design Studio

New renderings of the tower’s planned design are also online, and the overall scheme echoes the nearby 150 Greenwich Street, in a miniaturized form. The building creatively uses its air rights, and in a cue that other architects should take, 133 Greenwich Street utilizes an extruded screen to conform to the street-wall along its lower levels, which ensures its envelope meets zoning requirements.

133 Greenwich Street

133 Greenwich Street — image from Danny Forster Design Studio

This minimizes the floor-plates of the podium levels, allowing the tower to shift its mass upwards. DOB diagrams indicate the building’s height will be 356 feet.

133 Greenwich Street

133 Greenwich Street — image from Danny Forster Design Studio

Besides the innovative arrangement of interior square footage, the design’s similarity to 150 Greenwich Street will aesthetically integrate the tower into its surroundings. Across the street, work is about to begin on 22 Thames Street, which will be another glassy skyscraper; the vicinity’s oft-dilapidated pre-war stock is rapidly modernizing, and the imminent opening of the entire World Trade Center complex will likely spur additional development.

133 Greenwich Street

133 Greenwich Street

Completion of 133 Greenwich Street is expected in the fall of 2015.

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Posted in 133 Greenwich Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Danny Forster Design Studio | Downtown | FiDi | Hotel | New York

Construction Update: 161 Front Street

161 Front Street

The new Fairfield Inn hotel at 161 Front Street has topped-out, and cladding has begun rising on the Peter Poon-designed tower. The building stands 31 stories tall, and the developer is the Lam Group.

161 Front Street has approximately 65,000 square feet of space, and the Fairfield Inn will have 200 rooms. The tower is located on the periphery of the Financial District, standing one block to the south of the South Street Seaport.

161 Front Street

161 Front Street

NIMBYs in the Seaport have vociferously opposed the development of a 50-story hotel by Howard Hughes on the neighborhood’s waterfront; while 161 Front Street is a good deal shorter, its relative prominence is not that dissimilar. Indeed, while the Hughes tower also appears to be high-quality — courtesy of SHoP — the same cannot be said for 161 Front Street, which faces the Seaport with a blank wall, characterized by arbitrary zig-zags.

161 Front Street

161 Front Street’s Seaport-facing facade

Besides the Howard Hughes tower, additional skyscrapers are planned at 151 Maiden Lane and 80 South Street, both of which could end up taller than the Hughes building. A development boom is expanding across the Seaport-adjacent blocks, and arguments against the redevelopment of the Fulton Fish Market hinge on the neighborhood’s ‘low-rise’ nature.

While a select few blocks are dominated by Disney-esque remnants of 18th and 19th century New York, they are completely surrounded by skyscrapers, and NIMBY arguments against surrounding developments are almost as ridiculous as those posed by opponents of the Torre Verre in Midtown, who characterized 53rd Street as a ‘mid-rise neighborhood.’

If buildings like 161 Front Street can be built as-of-right, better buildings — like SHoP’s tower — should not have an issue rising. Perhaps Seaport residents should instead focus on asking Howard Hughes to incorporate storm-surge mitigation measures into their redevelopment; the greatest threat to the neighborhood — which has apparently been ignored by the NIMBYs — is flooding, which was made abundantly clear after Hurricane Sandy.

Completion of the Fairfield Inn is expected later this year.

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Posted in 161 Front Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Hotel | Howard Hughes Seaport Tower | LAM Group | New York | Peter Poon

Revealed: 140 Schermerhorn Street

140 Schermerhorn Street

An on-site rendering has been posted for 140 Schermerhorn Street, a major mixed-use structure in Downtown Brooklyn, where excavation is beginning. While the glimpse isn’t exactly comprehensive, it still provides a general idea of the building’s ultimate appearance. The architect of record is Goldstein Hill & West, while Crain’s reports that Flank Development and The Carlyle Group are behind the project.

Permits – which were approved on the 18th — indicate the development will stand 19 stories; it will have a mix of hotel, retail, residential, and community space, though the bulk of the building will be dedicated to apartments, with 140 units in total. 140 Schermerhorn Street will measure 210 feet to the highest occupied floor.

Breaking down the components by square footage, 213,181 square feet will be devoted to the residences, 99,245 square feet will be dedicated to commercial usage, and 94,202 square feet will be occupied by the community facilities. The entirety of the development will measure 406,628 square feet, with an overall FAR of 10.54. Ground floor retail will yield to a hotel that will span floors three through six, while apartments will occupy the upper levels, per the Schedule A.

140 Schermerhorn Street

140 Schermerhorn Street — equipment on-site

Despite its relatively basic appearance, 140 Schermerhorn will add significant heft to the neighborhood, and its variety of uses will be beneficial to the vicinity. The rendering indicates that the project should also conform to the existing street-walls; while the exact details of the overall design remain unclear, it will be a major gain for Downtown Brooklyn, in terms of enhancing pedestrian vibrancy. Completion is expected in the spring of 2016.

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Posted in 140 Schermerhorn Street | Architecture | Brooklyn | Construction Update | DoBro | Goldstein Hill West | Hotel | New York | Residential

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