Another Kaufman-designed project is rising at 333 West 38th Street; permits indicate the structure will soon stand 21 floors, and contain a total of 79 hotel rooms. The renderings were posted on Kaufman’s website; the site’s developer is Optima Real Estate LLC.
333 West 38th Street is ‘ideal’ for hotel development given the site’s history; the land is contaminated, and the new building will sit atop a slab of concrete 3.5 feet thick, which also comes with a ‘vapor barrier’ to prevent any human exposure to toxic elements. The full clean-up plan is at NYC’s office of environmental remediation, and also mentions that the plot will be entirely paved over, with no “open space, or areas not covered by concrete.”
In terms of design, the 21-story structure is relatively benign; the five-story base will be equal to the site’s last structure, keeping the street-wall intact. The tower portion is also quite slender; at just over twenty floors, it will be nearly invisible, though coverings for the water towers will slightly extend the development’s verticality.
With permits approved, completion is likely in the 2015 timeframe.
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