Last month, YIMBY brought you the first renderings for the future Hoxton Hotel, coming to 97 Wythe Avenue, just a few blocks in from the Williamsburg waterfront. Now, we have an update on another nearby hotel project, and significant progress is being made on 55 Wythe Avenue, aka the William Vale Hotel.
YIMBY previously featured an update on the site in May, and since then, the superstructure has risen substantially. While the building will be large for the neighborhood, it will be relatively short by Manhhattan and even Downtown Brooklyn standards, standing 21 stories and 250 feet to its roof.
Aldo Liberis is designing the structure, which will be mixed-use. The tower will hold 183 hotel rooms, and there will also be 20,000 square feet of glass-clad retail space that will round out the base, further assisting Wythe Avenue’s transformation into a thriving pedestrian corridor.
The building’s exoskeletal concrete bracing is its most distinctive visual element, and this part of the tower is already complete, with the structure now pushing upwards. A rough floor count indicates it has seven levels to go before topping-out. The very first glass is also now being installed along the lower levels of the concrete bracing.
The neighborhood is seeing a hotel boom, and several other projects are also under construction. The Hoxton is likely to open in 2017 or 2018, an office building at 87 Wythe should be finished by 2017, and another hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue should open by 2016. Together, the new high-end hotel development and Class-A office projects show the Williamsburg Waterfront is rapidly evolving into something much more like the Meatpacking District.
Completion of the William Vale is expected next year, and Zelig Weiss and Riverside Developers are behind the project, which will cost $130 million. The site was acquired for $30 million in June of 2014, per Crain’s.