Back in 2011, the Wall Street Journal predicted the demise of the Bowery’s Lighting District, a strip of wholesale light stores beginning south of Delancey Street in the borderlands between the Lower East Side and Little Italy. Now three of those shops will bite the dust to make way for an eight-story residential and hotel project at 138 Bowery, situated mid-block between Broome and Grand Streets.
Do what the Landmarks Preservation Commission asks and you shall receive its blessing. So was the case for the hotel planned for 456 Greenwich Street, sitting partly in the TriBeCa North Historic District. The proposal went before the commission in early August, but the brick choice and square fenestrations didn’t fly. So, the applicant was forced to come back. They did so on Tuesday and had perhaps the most pain-free experience in this journalist’s experience with the LPC.
This past July, the 20-story, 229-key Joie de Vivre hotel under construction at 50 Bowery, in Chinatown, was at the 17th floor and receiving its first glass panels. Now, the building is topped out, and glass is nearing the top of the structure, per Bowery Boogie. Commune Hotel & Resorts is developing, and Peter Poon Architects is designing. The building is expected to open in the spring of 2016.
In July, YIMBY revealed renderings of Able Management Group’s planned 27-story Hilton Garden Inn at 93-43 Sutphin Boulevard, in downtown Jamaica, and now the developer has closed on site’s acquisition for an unknown amount. New building applications have also been filed, and the building will measure 110,208 square feet and contain 325 hotel room, up from 225 in our last report. The hotel will operate a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, and guest amenities will be located on the second and third floors. GF55 Partners is designing, and a single-story building must first be demolished.
Last week, hotel developer Sam Chang filed plans for a 25-story hotel at 338 West 39th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Now he has another hotel in the works next door at 342 West 39th Street.