A White Castle that has now been demolished will not be the worst thing to have ever occupied 525 Eighth Avenue, which YIMBY reported on back in October of 2016, when permits were filed for a 24-story hotel designed by Gene Kaufman Architects. Revised plans approved in August show a slight increase in the height, to 26 floors, and today, we have the reveal for what the project will look like.
McSam Hotel Group
Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group has filed applications for a 24-story, 252-unit hotel building at 525 Eighth Avenue, located between West 36th and 37th streets in Midtown’s Garment District. The tower will encompass 88,127 square feet and rise 213 feet above street level to its roof. Guest amenities include a fitness center, bicycle storage, and a rooftop bar on the 24th floor. There will also be retail space on the ground floor. Gene Kaufman’s Union Square-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 7,454-square-foot property, at 523-529 Eighth Avenue, is currently occupied by a single-story commercial building. Joseph P. Day Realty Corporation is the property owner.
Work is now underway on the 17th floor of the 35-story, 612-key DoubleTree by Hilton hotel under development at 350 West 40th Street, in the Garment District of Midtown. The developer — Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group — also secured a $215 million mortgage to refinance existing debt and fund construction, Commercial Observer reported. The latest building permits, which YIMBY first reported on in early 2014, indicate the 328-foot-tall project will measure 199,664 square feet. The hotel rooms should average a budget-sized 290 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include a fitness center, storage for 18 bikes, a restaurant on the ground floor, and a rooftop lounge & bar. Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is behind the design. Completion is expected later this year.
Originally filed in 2012, new building permits have again been submitted for a four-story, 102-unit hotel at 132-15 Nassau Expressway, on the southern edge of South Ozone Park. That’s the vacant, 14,280-square-foot triangular property, bound by 149th and 150th avenues and 132nd Street, near JFK International Airport. The new building will encompass 36,997 square feet. The hotel rooms should average a budget-sized 280 square feet apiece.Guest amenities include a fitness center, a breakfast dining area, a meeting room, and storage for four bikes. Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group is the developer and Michael Kang’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record.
Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group has closed, for $27.1 million, on a 99-year ground lease of the 7,454-square-foot property at 523-529 Eighth Avenue, in the Garment District section of Midtown. Located on the corner of West 36th Street, the lot is currently occupied by a single-story, 7,400-square-foot retail building with five commercial units, according to The Real Deal. The site can accommodate up to 74,540 square feet of commercial development. Neither demolition permit nor new building permits have yet been filed with the Department of Buildings. It’s not known when the tenants’ leases expire, and plans for the site have not been disclosed. The property owner is Joseph P. Day Realty Corporation.