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Excavation in Full Swing at 50 Trinity Place, in Financial District

Excavation work is underway at 50 Trinity Place in the Financial District, where a ground-up, 28-story Aloft Hotel will soon rise. The upcoming reinforced concrete building will yield 173 rooms and 77,310 square feet of newly built space. Plans also call for a ground-floor restaurant adjacent to the lobby, as well as a fitness center on the second floor and seven to eight rooms per floor up to the last occupiable level. Peter Poon Architects is the designer of the tower while FIT Investment Corporation is the developer. The site was previously purchased for $15 million from Sam Chang in 2012.

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1568 Broadway, Rendering courtesy of ARX Solutions

1568 Broadway Begins Billboard Removal Ahead of Structural Demolition, in Times Square

Black shrouds and scaffolding have gone up over 1568 Broadway’s lower floors as crews begin the process of removing its Times Square-facing billboards and marquees. Meanwhile, workers are beginning to gut the interiors of the 470-foot-tall tower ahead of its imminent demolition. Built in 1990, the current DoubleTree hotel will eventually make way for a new 46-story DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. The proposed 550,000-square-foot development, which will be called TSX Broadway, will preserve of the 106-year-old Palace Theatre by raising it three stories up from the ground floor, making way for retail space. The $2.5 billion project is being developed by L&L Holding CompanyMaefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group. The site was previously purchased for $450 million.

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Margaritaville Resort Begins to Rise Above Street Level at 560 Seventh Avenue, in Times Square

The first floor slabs for a new Margaritavile Resort at 560 Seventh Avenue are beginning to rise above the crowded tourist-congested streets and sidewalks of Times Square. The 29-story building will sit at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street. Coming to the property will be a three-story restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool with plentiful seating and beach-themed motifs, and a rooftop bar called the LandShark Bar & Grill. Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties is developing the site along with MHP Real Estate Services. The cost to build is expected to be around $300 million.

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