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Old Posted Aug 16, 2012, 6:34 PM
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Here's the blurb on the project, which will have 600+ hotel rooms and be ~300,000 square feet. Preliminary rendering, as well.

It's not pretty.

Riu Hotel Times Square


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That isn't the rendering. They bought the approved site plans from Glenwood, so I assume they will use Glenwood's development plan.

I think that pic is just some weird beach hotel somewhere else in their portfolio, but maybe they posted the "Times Square" label.
     
     
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Awesome! I did an elevation in MS Paint when I was 11 that looks just like that!
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It can only be a joke. These guys insist on building garbage near Times Square.
     
     
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This probably won't be designed as the rendering we've seen.



http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...TATE/130819931

600-room hotel to check in west of Times Square
Spanish hotel developer RIU Hotels and Resorts begins work on a site at the eastern end of Restaurant Row,
on the corner of West 46th Street and Eighth Avenue. Start comes a year after RIU paid $111 million for the site.



By Daniel Geiger
August 15, 2013

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The Spanish hotel developer and operator that purchased a large development site on the corner of West 46th Street and Eighth Avenue for more than $100 million a year ago has begun the work to erect a big new tower on the site a block west of Times Square.

The Mallorca-based hotelier RIU Hotels & Resorts is nearly done demolishing a derelict residential property at 301 W. 46th St. on the multiparcel site. The site includes an adjacent vacant lot on Eighth Avenue just north of that building as well as one to the west along Restaurant Row. According to previous reports, RIU plans to build 600-room, roughly 300,000-square-foot tower. Currently work on the five-story 301 W. 46th St., an eyesore whose boarded up windows, ground floor porn shop and graffiti scrawled exterior made it look like a throwback to the avenue's gritty days decades ago, has reduced it to its second floor.

Sixty-year-old, family-owned RIU purchased the site for $111 million from Glenwood Management, which had acquired the property's debt during the downturn in 2011. Glenwood took control of the parcel because the mortgage was in default.

The tower will be one of many that has sprung up on the fast-changing avenue in recent years. In recent months, Boston Properties finished 250 W. 55th St., a large new office tower that will house white-shoe law firms Morrison & Foerster and Kaye Scholer and has boosted the avenue's credentials as a destination for office tenants.
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This is the last plan, which has changed according to the article...



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Hope this is the right thread.

West 46th Street Tower Revived As 29-Story Hotel
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, by Jessica Dailey



"... Scaffolding has risen around the empty building, and DOB filings confirm the structure is not long for this world. Demolition permits were issued at the end of February...


But we won't be seeing the 38-story condo-hotel tower that was previously planned for the site. DOB documents show that the building has been chopped to 29 stories and it lost the 35 condo units, as well as more than half of the 375 hotel rooms. New filings show there will be just 146 rooms, and floors three through five will be occupied by an atrium. The ground floor and cellar level will have retail..."

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This is the last plan, which has changed according to the article...
If the 29-story version was going to have ~150 rooms, then a 600-room version could be seriously huge, couldn't it?

Do we know how big the lot is?
     
     
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If the 29-story version was going to have ~150 rooms, then a 600-room version could be seriously huge, couldn't it?

Do we know how big the lot is?
It's only a fraction of the size of Gary Barnett's planned development on 8th Avenue. This will be 300,000 sf.

It will probably look like this unfortuantely...





http://www.caribbeannewsdigital.com/...-new-york-city

06.27.2012

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RIU Hotels & Resorts touches down in the city of New York. The chain has just entered into a contract to purchase a plot in the heart of Manhattan, just a stone’s throw away from Times Square.

To be specific, the Riu Plaza New York Times Square will be situated where 8th Avenue meets 46th Street, surrounded by the most famous theatres on Broadway and next to ‘Restaurant Row’, an area that is home to modern and original restaurants which invite travellers to sample the latest gastronomic trends.

Another major attraction of this prime location is its proximity to the city’s main attractions such as Central Park, Carnegie Hall and the luxurious boutiques on Fifth Avenue.

Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts, has guaranteed that “the opening of our first hotel in New York is a dream come true. With this new project we will offer our most loyal customers, who have come to our holiday destinations for almost 60 years, the opportunity to discover the most famous and visited city in the world with us”.

As a five star hotel, the Riu Plaza New York Times Square will be a modern building in the heart of the international capital of business and its opening is planned for mid-2015. The future hotel, which will have over 600 rooms, is an addition to the collection of modern hotels in the Riu Plaza range. The hotel will have modern décor, elegant rooms and the warm and professional service that is characteristic of all hotels in the chain.

Restaurant, bar, café with ‘take away’, gym, executive lounge, wireless internet access. The new Riu Plaza New York Times Square will have all the facilities you could need for an excellent stay in the city for business or pleasure. All the rooms will enjoy wireless internet access, a coffee machine and a minibar. The hotel will also offer family rooms and executive rooms which will form part of the exclusive Crown Level, with extra amenities and free access to the executive lounge.

The international RIU chain was founded by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family’s third generation. The company specialises in sun and sand holiday resorts. More than 60% of its resorts offer RIU’s acclaimed all-inclusive by RIU formula. With the inauguration of its first urban hotel in 2010, RIU widens its range of product with a new city hotel product line called Riu Plaza.

RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries and 25,000 employees which welcome over 3.2 million guests a year. RIU is currently the world’s 30th ranked chain (according to HOTELS magazine in 2011), one of the Caribbean’s most popular and the fourth largest in Spain.
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I doubt it will look like that. That's a pic of one of their Spanish hotels superimposed in NYC.

I have no idea what the hotel will look like, but not that. It doesn't even make sense how it looks, and couldn't sit like that on 8th Ave.
     
     
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I'm happy some news popped up about this because I was dreading having to search back for the thread to make a comment, but I walked past the other day to grab coffee (my job is a block east on the Square), and I saw construction vehicles in active demolition. The buildings appeared to be more than half-gone...I'd say this could be above ground by Q1 2014 if they move quickly.
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While the current renderings aren't spectacular, it's certainly better than what was on the site before.
     
     
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The site is big, the tower could be much taller.


















     
     
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The design is no great shakes as it is but why do a one story base on the Eighth Ave side and expose the neighbor's blank wall?

You really have to wonder about these architects nowadays.
     
     
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Awful. The last buildings constructed in the 8th Avenue are depressing (Except the 250 West Street).
     
     
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They also bought the parking garage??
     
     
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They also bought the parking garage??
Yes, the lot is big.
     
     
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I like the multiple facades in the prelim render. Taken up to anything ±650', this will have an authoritative presence indeed. Less can be more if done right, which to me this almost is.
That said, they *really* should take that one-story section right out. Why not just take the facade with the random squares all the way to the right-hand corner of the building? The offending structure is hidden and all's well.
     
     
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Gross.
     
     
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Yes, the lot is big.
Big lot but only like 18-23 stories high? What a shame.
     
     
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