Most of the hotels coming to Chelsea are on the larger side of things, but today, YIMBY has the reveal for a smaller project that is in the works for 20 West 15th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues on the southern edge of the neighborhood. YIMBY first reported on the site when applications were filed back in August of 2014, when we asked when the hotel madness overtaking the area would stop (three years later, it rages unchecked).
Raymond Chan Architects is behind the design, and 20 West 15th Street will rise ten floors, containing 10,735 square feet of commercial space. That will be divided amongst 30 hotel rooms, averaging about 350 square feet apiece. Despite its compact size, that means accommodations will be relatively spacious; there will be four rooms per floor on the first six floors, and then two rooms per floor above that.
Design-wise, the building’s envelope will be flush against the sidewalk, unlike the majority of new hotels in Manhattan. The facade will be somewhat futuristic, with pink glass interspersed amongst the windows, which are notably PTAC-free, at least in the rendering. Given these considerations and the seemingly spacious layouts, it seems the target niche will be higher-end boutique.
Kumar Navnit of NMR Realty is listed as the site’s developer, and demolition permits for the existing occupant were approved back in May of 2016. With scaffolding and piping applications approved for the new building earlier this year, construction appears to be underway.