Back in July of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a new hotel at 88 Walker Street, on the southwestern edge of Chinatown. Now, work has begun on the site, and we have the reveal for the building that is about to replace the empty lot.
The site itself is a small 2,300 square feet, but the building will measure 23,330 square feet in total, to be divided amongst 61 rooms. That translates into an average size of under 400 square feet.
The developer is Teddy Li, of Iron City Construction, and James Cheng of Forest Hills-based Design 101 is the architect.
On-site signage indicates the tenant will be a Best Western, which is not normally known for stellar design, however, 88 Walker will be surprisingly attractive compared to similarly-scoped hotel developments in the surrounding neighborhoods. The exterior appears to be free of PTACs, which is always a positive when it comes to budget-minded architecture, and the envelope will also be flush with the street-wall.
The facade will be covered in panels of several different colors and materials, however they do not appear to be entirely plastic. The composition almost seems to harken to the International Style of architecture, long dormant in New York City. In any case, while the design isn’t necessarily all that attractive, it will still be a positive for the block, and the exterior will certainly be something different.
Signage indicates an anticipated completion date of Winter 2019, and excavators on-site show that construction is now underway.