The South Bronx is suddenly booming with construction, and YIMBY has renderings for one of the biggest projects underway in Mott Haven, near the banks of the Harlem River. The unique multi-building development will include two affordable rental buildings and a Hampton Inn, on a block next to the Major Deegan Expressway and the 145th Street Bridge to Harlem.
Sam Chang’s Great Neck-based McSam Hotel Group has filed applications for a 22-story, 162-key hotel at 16 East 39th Street, in Midtown South, located a few blocks from Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal. The building would measure 73,073 square feet in its entirety, and 66,328 square feet would be used for hotel operations. The hotel rooms would each measure an average of around 400 square feet and a lounge would be located on the top floor. SoHo-based Gene Kaufman is the architect of record. The existing 12-story, thru-block office building was subdivided into separate tax lots in October, so we’re guessing only the the 39th Street half of the building is going to be demolished, along with an adjacent three-story townhouse at 14 East 39th Street. According to The Real Deal, the properties are currently owned by ClearRock Properties and Juster Properties.
Last spring, All Year Management filed applications for a seven-story, mixed-use commercial hub at 71 White Street, in East Williamsburg. The 79,365 square-foot project would feature a 112-key hotel, an amphitheater, retail space, and restaurants, according to Arch Daily, who also has renderings. The graffitied façade on the existing single-story warehouse will be preserved, and retail space will span the ground and second floors. In the back of the building, an open-air, second-story level will feature additional access to businesses as well as the amphitheater. The hotel will occupy the upper five floors, and will include a variety of suites and a rooftop bar. ODA Architecture is behind the design.
Early last year, an on-site rendering was posted of Rinaldi Group’s planned 19-story, 300-key CitizenM hotel at 185 Bowery, located near the corner of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. Today, the construction is moving forward following a period of no activity, according to Bowery Boogie. Rebar can be seen poking up above the construction fence and crews are likely pouring concrete for the ground and below-grade levels. Once complete, the 99,433 square-foot building will feature hotel rooms averaging roughly 250 square feet apiece, a ground-floor café, and a rooftop terrace/bar. A 3,383 square-foot public plaza will front Bowery, and Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect of record. Completion is expected in late 2016.
Last month, the leasehold interest of the 45-story, 468-key DoubleTree Suites hotel (by Hilton New York City – Times Square) was purchased for $540 million by Indianapolis-based Maefield Development, according to The Real Deal. The mixed-use building at 1568 Broadway, between West 46th and 47th Streets in Times Square, currently contains ground-floor retail space and the Palace Theatre, which was designated an interior landmark in 1987. Last November, YIMBY brought you news of the proposed retail and lobby expansions, and the restoration (and raising) of the Palace theater for entertainment purposes. The building is set to receive a significant overhaul, which includes the hotel portion as well as the installation of a new, state-of-the-art LED screen.