The first permits are up for a new 42-story hotel that will rise at 60 West 37th Street; the lot spans the width of the block, and has an additional address at 59 West 36th Street. Peter Poon is listed as the architect of record, and Hidrock Realty is developing the site; The Commercial Observer reported that Hidrock acquired the lot early last year for $28.5 million.
DOB filings for 60 West 37th Street indicate the tower’s 195,360 square feet will be entirely dedicated to commercial use. The permits show that the skyscraper will stand 402 feet in total, with its square footage divided between 313 rooms, as well as an ‘eating and drinking’ establishment that will span the third and fourth floors; the Schedule A has additional details.
Despite the lack of renderings, zoning diagrams give an idea of what the tower’s envelope will look like; though the building will stand 42 stories tall, its location will guarantee that the project remains invisible on the overall skyline. That may be a good thing, given Poon’s involvement as the architect of record, as his previous creations in the neighborhood are generally less than appealing.
No completion date has been announced, but Hidrock has been shifting assets in the vicinity; next door to the planned Poon, Crain’s reported that the Hidrock-owned 65 West 36th Street was sold to the Sioni Group for $29 million this past October. With demolition permits for the existing garage at 59 West 36th Street issued in January, vertical progress appears imminent.
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