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Old Posted May 14, 2007, 9:52 PM
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Hotel and condo tower to rise at 839 Sixth Avenue


14-MAY-07

J. D. Carlisle Development Corporation is erecting a 44-story mixed-use tower at 839 Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Streets.

The project will have a 250-room hotel operated by the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group and 320 residential condominium apartments.

Perkins Eastman is the architectural firm for the development.

The hotel will occupy the first 8 floors and long-term-stay units will occupy floors 9 through 13. The residential condominiums will occupy floors 16 through 44.

The project is seeking a special permit for an underground garage and the local community board recommended approval March 8, 2007 and the Borough President recommended approval April 5, 2007. It is also seeking permission for a plaza with an open air cafe and the community board issued a favorable recommendation February 8, 2007.

A rendering of the building indicates that the hotel portion of the project will be clad in a bronze-colored glass and the condo section of the tower will be clad in a clear glass. The tower will be distinguished by two vertical "fins" in the middle of its north and south faces.

The site was formerly occupied by a parking garage and two-story store buildings.

Perkins Eastman's other recent projects include the Cielo tower on the southwest corner of 83rd Street at York Avenue, and the Centria at 14 West 48th Street, both for J. D. Carlisle, and the Jade at 16 West 19th Street.

The project is expected to be completed in 2009.


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The 6th Ave towers continue to march northward...
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This doesn't quite do it for me like the new one being built a few blocks south. It looks like this one is going through some sort of identity crisis
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I am so happy about this development because it replaces a eyesore of a two story parking garage that was at the site. The parking garage has been demolished already and there is excavation going on there right now. This one will be under construction in no time.
     
     
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The parking lot has already been torn-down. I like this building! Should fit in nicely with the other recent Sixth Avenue residentials. Looks like it should be ~ 500ft. About the height of the Stratus down the street.
     
     
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That is a pretty big parcel.
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It says the hotel will occupy the first 8 floors. It looks like more than that in the rendering. The 6th ave view is probably better.
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I also want to mention that a new 37-story tower will be built right on the next block north of this tower. No renderings yet. But according to this article construction should start by the end of this year aswell. I guess they mean demolition of the current buildings. Yet the 6th avenue new towers canyon keeps on happening...


$105M Loan Clears Way for 37-Story MXD





March 30, 2007

NEW YORK CITY-Tessler Developments and the Chetrit Group have purchased 855 Sixth Ave. with the help of $105.3-million loan from Fremont Investment & Loan. The property located on Sixth Avenue between 30th and 31st streets contains a couple of buildings that will be razed to make way for a 37-story mixed-use project.

Craig Lockard, VP and senior loan originator for Fremont tells GlobeSt.com that the loan covered a majority of the acquisition price for the property, but he could not reveal what percent or the total cost.

Plans for the property are currently being drawn up, with an architect now working on the drawings. Lockard tells GlobeSt.com that the new building will total 500,000 sf and will contain a base level of retail followed by 11 floors of office space and topped by 23 floors of residential units. Further details have yet to be solidified.

Lockard says construction should start by the end of this year, with the demolition of the existing buildings. As part of the deal, Lockard says Tessler and the Chetrit Group negotiated lease terminations with the existing tenants.

“The project will really invigorate the area,” Lockard says. He cites the full office market in Midtown south and the growth of residential in the area as the two key factors that will aide the success of the project. Retailers have not yet been identified but Lockard says the space is likely to be filled with a high-end tenant and not a grocer or pharmacy.

Fremont has financed six other Tessler projects including the luxury condo project at 240 Park Ave. South.

As GlobeSt.com reported, the locally based Chetrit Group recently purchased the 250-room historic Berkeley Carteret Oceanfront Hotel and Conference Center in Asbury Park, NJ for $16 million.


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^ I noticed those empty storefronts...
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Should this be moved to constructions yet?









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Looks like they are still doing demolition of the old parking structure along with excavation of the new building foundation. When they start pouring concrete for the new bldg, then , it should be moved to construction. Given the speed at which they are moving that will happen very soon. Sixth Ave! I hardly recognize it anymore!
     
     
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this section of 6th ave has changed dramatically




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Seems like this one should be moved to "Highrise Construction"... I'm excited for this project, will fit into the neighborhood nicely.
     
     
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Hey Scruffy, thanks for the pics!

Also did you happen to peak where the Remy is suppose to go? Any activity at the site?
     
     
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I did peek at the remy. since it doesn't have its own threads and i didn't have enough coverage to make another thread its posted under the chelsea stratus thread
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I did peek at the remy. since it doesn't have its own threads and i didn't have enough coverage to make another thread its posted under the chelsea stratus thread
I remember seeing a thread for that one...
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The foundation seems to be making progress on this one... so when does this one officially become designated as "under construction" on this website?

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This one needs to be in the construction forum as well...
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Paving the Way for Hotels in Hell’s Kitchen



A new hotel, the Vu, will open at 11th Avenue near 48th Street.


By JANE L. LEVERE
June 27, 2007

The pioneering San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, which worked its way eastward, is looking west again — this time to Hell’s Kitchen.

An originator of the boutique hotel concept, Kimpton manages two hotels in Manhattan: 70 Park Avenue and the Muse, at 130 West 46th Street. Next spring, it will open a new $125 million hotel with 222 guest rooms at 653 11th Avenue, entering an area of the Far West Side of Manhattan that is distant from any existing hotels.

Converting a 1930’s printing plant on the west side of the avenue between 47th Street and 48th Streets and adding three floors, Kimpton will create the Vu, called that because of its 360-degree unobstructed vistas of the Hudson River and New Jersey, facing west, and the Midtown Manhattan skyline, facing east.

Owned by Horizen Global, a Manhattan developer of residential buildings, the Vu is the first new Midtown hotel going up far to the west of Times Square. If it is successful — as many industry executives predict it will be — it could pave the way for other hotels in the neighborhood.

In fact, the Rockrose Development Corporation, which owns a 216,000-square-foot three-story industrial building at 660 12th Avenue, one block northwest of the Vu, which is now a Federal Express sorting center, has been talking to hotel developers for the last six months about leasing the 257,000 square feet of air rights above the building for construction of a hotel, said Patricia Dunphy, vice president.

The Vu is the latest step in Kimpton’s expansion plans. Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981 with one hotel in San Francisco, it has gradually expanded eastward and into Canada, and today operates 43 hotels in 17 cities.

The company’s chief executive, Michael A. Depatie, has said he wants to double the company’s hotels by 2012, and increase its hotels in the New York market to 20 by 2017. In addition to the Vu, it will also manage a new 290-room hotel in a 50-story mixed-use tower at 839 Avenue of the Americas, at 30th Street. As yet unnamed, this hotel will be developed by the JD Carlisle Group and is to open in 2009.

According to Troy Furbay, Kimpton’s senior vice president for acquisitions and development, the company considers the New York metropolitan area “five, six or seven different markets.” He added: “We’re trying to put a hotel in every area. We’ve looked at Brooklyn a bit, maybe Hoboken and the Jersey City area.”

Although Mr. Furbay said Kimpton initially found Hell’s Kitchen “an odd location” for a hotel, he said it was won over by what it believes is its growth potential. He said that in recent years the neighborhood has attracted not only residential real estate development, but also grocery stores, bars and restaurants, migrating westward from Ninth Avenue.

Regret is another factor, he admitted. He said Kimpton looked at a site in what was then the remote meatpacking district five years ago, but decided against going in there; this later became the successful Gansevoort Hotel, at Ninth Avenue and 13th Street.

On the Far West Side of Midtown, “we were worried we’d make the same mistake twice,” he said. “We didn’t want to overlook an area where it wasn’t immediately obvious why there was no hotel there.”

The designer of the Vu’s interior is the Rockwell Group, which has worked on other Manhattan hotels — like the W New York and Carlton — but has never collaborated with Kimpton.

Rockwell is designing a hotel that will take advantage of the site and the configuration of the existing industrial building, which has oversize windows and high ceilings.

A three-story addition by the architect Carlos Zapata that is approximately half the size of the roof of the original building is being built atop the existing structure.

The new 15th floor will hold an 1,800-square-foot glass-enclosed bar — with 360-degree views of Manhattan and New Jersey and doors that can open in fair weather — as well as a 230-square-foot rectangular Jacuzzi for guests and decorative reflecting pool. A new 16th floor will contain six guest rooms, including a presidential suite, which will itself be connected by stairs to a new 17th-floor roof deck, with another, smaller Jacuzzi and views.

Ed Bakos, a principal of the Rockwell Group overseeing the Vu project, said 30 percent of the guest rooms will be junior-suite lofts; these will measure 40 feet long, which he said is eight feet longer than most New York hotel guest rooms, 11 ½-feet wide and more than 11 feet high. Nine-feet-high windows will be covered by sheer shades, also affording expansive views.

Kimpton executives are bullish about the Vu’s prospects, pointing to the strength of the overall New York hotel market — occupancies in the five boroughs in 2005 and 2006 were 85.9 percent and 85.1 percent, respectively, and are projected to rise to 86 percent this year — and of the Times Square area in particular.

A number of other new hotels will open in the next few years near Times Square, including two being built in Hell’s Kitchen by the McSam Hotel Group: a 198-room Holiday Inn Express at 505 West 43rd Street, and a 144-room hotel at 506 West 44th Street, both opening between 10th and 11th Avenues in the second or third quarter of 2009.

Donna Keren, vice president for policy and research for NYC & Company, the tourism marketing organization, is also upbeat about the Vu’s prospects.

She believes it will attract guests attending conventions at the enlarged space for midsize trade shows at Piers 92 and 94, between West 52nd Street and West 54th Street along the Hudson River, being redeveloped by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Already popular for design and fashion shows, this space will be a good fit with Kimpton, Ms. Keren suggested, since the company is known for being “stylish and cutting-edge.”
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