New building permits were recently filed for 101 West 28th Street, which is currently a weed-strewn lot. A residential building was originally planned to rise on-site, but that has now changed; instead, a 28-story hotel/residential combo will be built, designed by Nobutaka Ashihara.
No designs for the building have been released, but it will contain 152 units and rise 296 feet.
The old design by Costas Kondylis is below, and the original project was supposed to rise 32 stories. New Construction Manhattan has a page on the defunct proposal, which was dubbed ‘The Remy,’ with accompanying descriptions that make it sound like ‘The Remy’ was built. Unfortunately, the first design was a victim of the credit crunch.
101 West 28th will certainly be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, as Ashihara’s designs–like 1715 Broadway, his most prominent in New York–are generally quite good. Anything will be an improvement over the empty lot currently on-site, which detracts greatly from the neighborhood.
|The old design for 101 West 28th Street, image from New Construction Manhattan|