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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