Down the block from the new 25-story hotel rising at 120 West 41st Street, fresh permits are in place for a new hotel at 220 West 41st Street, which will stand 30 floors. Crain’s reports the developer will be OTO Development, of South Carolina, which permits corroborate; the owner is listed as ‘Palmetto Hospitality of Manhattan,’ and the architect is Helpern.
The lot’s entirety spans between 220 and 246 West 41st Street, so the new structure will have a relatively significant presence on the block. With 300 rooms, the building will stand 298 feet tall; since it will not puncture the skyline, the relevant aesthetics will be how the project interacts with the pedestrian sphere. It will sit between 7th and 8th Avenues, in one of the densest neighborhoods of New York City, and anything short of a stand-out design will be unnoticeable.
Helpern’s recent work is impressive, especially considering that 220 West 41st Street’s general ‘category’ is dominated by architecture that tends towards banal. If the firm’s portfolio is any indication, OTO’s latest development will be a notch above the typical Midtown hotel.
With permits ready and the lot cleared for construction, work on the project should be completed by 2016.
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