Roughly a year ago, YIMBY reported on applications for a mysterious 13-story commercial building at 308 West 40th Street in the Garment District. Now, new permits have been filed for a 21-story, 60-key hotel. It appears the project has changed hands since last year, with Bing Chui — doing business as 308 Realty Holding LLC — listed as the owner,. Noel Wong’s Long Island-based ADB Associates is the architect of record, and the hotel will measure just 17,410 square feet, rising on a 25-foot-wide lot. Rooms will average 290 square feet each, and an old tenement building was demolished in 2013.
Applications for a hotel development date as far back as 2012 at 38-22 28th Street, in northern Long Island City, but the developer — Long Island-based Amit Veeramachaneni — has since withdrawn those and filed for fresh permits. The hotel will rise four stories and contain 51 rooms, which will spread across 14,036 square feet, averaging 275 square feet apiece. Flushing-based Michael Kang is designing, and two small townhouses were demolished in 2014 to make way for the project.
While the Downtown Brooklyn construction boom’s biggest impact will be the addition of residential space, its effects on the streetscape are also going to be significant, and few projects will be more significant to the pedestrian experience than 286 Ashland Place. The building, which is being designed by TEN Arquitectos and developed by Two Trees, will soon stand 32 stories tall, but its significant presence at the street level is already becoming apparent, per the latest photos from Tectonic.
After the Port Authority tried and failed to find a developer to build over the Lincoln Tunnel approach on West 33rd Street, they’ve decided to develop part of the site themselves. The agency has filed plans to erect a nine-story residential building on a parking lot at 431 West 33rd Street, overlooking a depressed stretch of roadway that runs between 10th and 11th Avenues.
The city isn’t planning to extend the subway down Utica Avenue in Flatbush anytime soon, but if we see more projects like 824 East New York Avenue, the administration might need to give it serious thought.