Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a new set of renderings of its 4.1-million-square-foot proposal for Freedom Plaza, a potential mixed-use casino development on the border of Murray Hill and Tudor City. Developed by The Soloviev Group, which currently owns the property, in a joint collaboration with Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, plans call for two new residential skyscrapers rising 50 to 60 stories tall with 1,325 apartments, including 510 affordable housing units, as well as two 51-story hotel towers with 1,200 guest rooms split between Banyan Tree and Mohegan branding. A new landscaped waterfront park, a below-grade casino, and a museum would sit beneath the skyscrapers. The 6.5-acre property is the largest undeveloped plot in Manhattan, and is located along First Avenue between East 38th and East 41st Streets, directly south of the United Nations complex.
A new rendering was posted for 319-321 West 38th Street, an upcoming 26-story Best Western Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by 319 West 38th Steel, LP, the 250-foot-tall structure will span 44,200 square feet with an undisclosed number of hotel rooms and a collection of amenities. LK Design Bureau is the structural engineer and Omnibuild Construction is the general contractor for the project, which will rise from two adjoining interior plots between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Construction is complete on the Warren Street Hotel, an 11-story building that celebrated its grand opening yesterday at 86 Warren Street in Tribeca. Designed by Paul Taylor with Stonehill Taylor and developed by Firmdale on a land lease from Solil Management, the 135-foot-tall structure spans 44,000 square feet and yields 69 guest rooms operated by Firmdale Hotels, as well as the 150-seat Warren Bar and Restaurant, a drawing room, an orangery, and a private event space. Pavarini McGovern was the general contractor and Kit Kemp was the interior designer for the ground-up project, which stands on the former site of an open-air parking lot between Greenwich Street and West Broadway.
Construction has topped out on 36 West 38th Street, a 20-story hotel in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman and developed by Onboard Hospitality LLC, which purchased the property for $19 million in a bankruptcy auction from Gemini Real Estate in 2017, the structure stands 205 feet tall and will yield 200 guest rooms. Omnibuild Construction is the general contractor for the project, which is located on an interior lot between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just south of Bryant Park.
Construction is progressing on 224 West 47th Street, a 25-story hotel tower at the northern end of Times Square, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by McSam Hotel Group, the project involves the conversion and expansion of an 11-story bank building from the 1920s into a 136-room Cambria Suites hotel. GK West 47th LLC is listed as the owner and Omnibuild is the general contractor for the Midtown property, which is located on a narrow interior lot between the pedestrianized plazas along Broadway to the east and Eighth Avenue to the west.