Demolition preparations are underway at 317-319 West 35th Street in Midtown’s Garment District, where a 25-story hotel is planned to rise. Designed by Peter Poon Architects and developed by Wei Hong Hu under the H Hotel LLC, the 249-foot-tall structure will span 59,250 square feet with 166 hotel rooms. The property will also contain 3,399 square feet of commercial space. The permits, which were filed earlier this year, indicate that there will be a cellar, sub-cellar, and basement.
A recent photo shows the current state at the site, which is located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Sidewalk scaffolding covers the ground floor of two dilapidated low-rise structures, which are nestled among much larger abutting neighbors. All of the windows have been removed and wooden beams have been hammered against the frames. Wooden railings and blue plastic sheets have also been placed atop the cornices and roof parapets, indicating some demolition activity on the roofs. The fire escapes were still attached to the main southern elevations of both structures.
At 25 stories, the new building will fit firmly within the context of this part of Midtown. The closest subways to the site are the A, C, and E trains to the north at 34th Street-Penn Station. Hudson Yards is a short walk to the southwest.
An estimated completion date for 317-319 West 35th Street has not been disclosed.