Permits filed with New York’s Department of Buildings show a new hotel is set to rise at 414 West 15th Street, which is possibly confirmed by these renderings from Stonehill Taylor. The project, which is in the heart of the Meatpacking, adjacent to Chelsea Market, will rise to 25 stories and 284 feet, and have 158 rooms.
No discussion exists regarding this project, as it has likely flown under the radar for quite some time–there isn’t any other way to have sizeable buildings go up in the Meatpacking, where NIMBYism is very fierce.
In this case, NIMBYism is somewhat justified given the historic character of the neighborhood. The Meatpacking is an outstanding collection of pre-war (and in many cases, pre-twentieth century) architecture, and the low-rise nature of most of the neighborhood gives it a very charming feel .
It’s especially surprising that no protests have occurred given the struggle Chelsea Market is facing against its expansion immediately across the street. While Chelsea Market’s planned addition is much bulkier than the future hotel at 414 West 15th, the height of 414 West 15th will be much greater than anything nearby.
Renderings of the future project aren’t fantastic but they certainly aren’t bad, and the hotel will make nice filler along 15th Street. The immediate vicinity of the future building is somewhat desolate at the moment, so density here isn’t a problem, as long as most of the neighborhood is kept at its historic scale.
No firm dates of construction have been given, but with renderings only recently discovered & permits in place, work could definitely be underway at any time.
|Image from Stonehill & Taylor|