Construction is rising on 255 West 34th Street, a 33-story hotel tower in Midtown. Designed by Stonehill Taylor Architects and developed by The Chetrit Group, the 155,594-square-foot development will yield 330 hotel rooms directly across from One Penn Plaza, on the southern edge of the Garment District between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Flintlock Construction Services, LLC is the general contractor for the project.
Excavation was underway at the time of our last update in October 2019, but the site sat quiet through 2020. Progress has picked up over the past few months, and the reinforced concrete superstructure now stands nine stories high.
The top section is laden with steel rebar and formwork as new levels are poured. The first three stories have very high ceilings and should likely hold the hotel amenities and mechanical systems. The hotel floors appear to start on the fourth story, where the ceiling height is reduced.
The main rendering depicts a cantilever and blank wall on the western elevation of the edifice. It will take a little bit more time before construction workers reach this protruding portion of the tower. The level featuring the cantilever is clad with tall dark metal grilles, likely indicating a mechanical floor. The rest of the stories above will be covered in a grid of floor-to-ceiling glass and warm-colored panels that face south toward One Penn Plaza, Madison Square Garden, and the James A. Farley Building that holds the new Moynihan Train Hall.
An original completion date for 255 West 34th Street was slated for this summer. YIMBY predicts the hotel to be done sometime near the end of 2022.