Over the past 200 years, Broadway was the center stage for many that came to make their fortunes in the big city. Foundations for the world’s second Virgin Hotel, part of billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, are underway at 1205, 1225, and 1227 Broadway, between West 29th and West 30th streets. The site’s relevance in the city’s history is rooted deeper than the new skyscraper’s supports. Before it housed the three 1920s office and retail buildings that graced the site until 2015, the block was home to a prominent theater row, a theater-museum built by John Banvard, once the world’s richest and most famous artist, and a number of other ventures worthy of remembrance and commemoration, undertaken by the gritty and relentlessly driven people that give New York its signature flair and energy.
YIMBY first brought you news in April of 2014 of the planned 29-story, 399-key hotel at 461 West 34th Street, located on the corner of Tenth Avenue in the Hudson Yards District. Later that month, we revealed an initial rendering of the project, and then brought you updated images of it by the end of 2014. Now, the foundation is complete, as seen in a photo by ILNY via the YIMBY Forums. The new hotel, which will be a Courtyard by Marriott, will encompass 218,640 square feet. Guest amenities will include a fitness center, storage for 18 bikes, a lounge, meeting rooms, and a restaurant in the cellar. The hotel rooms will be located on the second through 29th floors, and retail space will be hosted on the ground floor. Marx Development Group is the developer and DSM Design Group is the architect of record. The developer secured $65 million in financing for the project late last year. Completion is expected in 2017.
Back in 2014, Hidrock Realty Inc. acquired, for $47 million, the collection of five- and six-story commercial buildings at 12-14 East 48th Street and 13 East 47th Street, in Midtown, located between Fifth and Madison avenues. At the time, the developer planned to construct a residential tower, but new building applications have now been filed for a 31-story, 161-key hotel. The building will measure 115,924 square feet in its entirety and will contain ground-floor retail space. The hotel rooms will be located on the third through 29th floors, and guest amenities are to include a courtyard on the ground floor, a fitness center, a lounge with a pantry, storage for bikes, and a terrace on the second floor. Financial District-based Handel Architects is the architect of record. The permit indicates the seven-story commercial building at 16 East 48th Street is also part of the development assemblage. Demolition permits are currently on file for the buildings at 12-14 East 48th Street and 13 East 47th Street.
Although we’d love to see more residential development in downtown Jamaica, much of the new construction in the eastern Queens neighborhood is tied to hotels and tourism. The latest new hotel is coming to 97-26 147th Place, on a lot a few blocks south of the Jamaica LIRR station.
Back in June of 2015, Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group disclosed plans to incorporate a portion of the façade of the six-story Christ Church, at 334-344 West 36th Street in the Garment District, into their planned hotel redevelopment. Now, a rendering of the project has been revealed by the New York Post. The latest building permits indicate a 19-story, 386-key hotel is in the works, which is somewhat scaled-down compared to early filings that listed as many as 566 rooms. It will encompass 132,210 square feet and is being designed by SoHo-based Gene Kaufman Architect. Unfortunately, the six-story parish house portion of the church is in the process of being demolished. It’s expected to be rebuilt with pre-fabricated materials. Guest amenities include a fitness center, meeting rooms, a ballroom, laundry facilities, a restaurant and bar, and storage for 12 bicycles.