The concrete superstructure of the futuristic William Vale hotel is taking shape at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, and it already looks as interesting as the rendering released last year.
The Aldo Liberis-designed building will hold 183 hotel rooms, set back over 20,000 square feet of glass-clad retail. The ground floor retail is almost done, and the chevron-shaped skeleton that will hold the middle floors has also appeared.
A 20,000-square-foot public rooftop garden will top the single-story shops and restaurant along Wythe Avenue, and passersby will have access to a public plaza in front of the building.
Filings call for a “private park,” a large terrace, gym and pool on the fourth floor, followed by 40,000 square feet of commercial and community facility office space on floors five through nine. The eleventh through nineteenth floors will have 20 rooms each, and the 20th and 21st stories will house 12 and 11 rooms, respectively. A parking garage with 210 spots will occupy the second and third floors.
When construction finishes, the development will stand 21 stories and 250 feet tall. It takes up most of the block between Wythe, North 12th, North 13th and Berry Streets, just west of McCarren Park. The property also sits right in the middle of north Williamsburg’s fairly large manufacturing zone, which has spawned the successful Wythe Hotel, a factory conversion, and a glassy office building under construction on the next block.
Zelig Weiss and Riverside Developers are behind the $130 million project, which was known as the Level Hotel until last month. The Wall Street Journal explained that they re-christened it “The William Vale” because Vale owned a farm on the property in the 19th century, when industrial businesses were beginning to move into Williamsburg.
Weiss picked up the 50,000-square-foot lot, formerly a factory, for $30 million last June, Crain’s reported at the time.