Construction is progressing at 24 John Street, which will be a 21-story hotel; the architect of record is Gerald Caliendo, and the developer is Westbury Realty Associates LLC. The project is a redevelopment and vertical expansion of an existing commercial building.
Renderings have been posted on-site, and they depict a tower that will actually respect the existing street-wall, which is a rarity for mid-rise hotels in Manhattan. The first six floors are flush with neighboring buildings, and the tower portion extends above; besides the acceptable urban form, the cladding looks like it will be above average as well, and the structure will be covered in simple masonry.
Permits indicate 24 John Street will have a total of 128 rooms, and the project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015. All considered, the development will be a marked improvement over peers in Midtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and barring a disaster of a facade, the building will integrate seamlessly into its Financial District surroundings. At only 206 feet in height, the hotel will be invisible on the skyline, as well.
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