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    It really is a small world that we live in. Some anonymous building collapse in the news turns out to be next to this long discussed project.

    Seeing that the plot has now been enlarged, let's hope the design won't be changed too significantly.

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    But this Horizen group doesn't own the collapsed building site....but perhaps will now try to acquire it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post

    Is this superb tower likely to be built? I hope so!
    I think all indications are that it will be built. Horizen has done some refinancing on the property. The Horizen website shows the project with new and updated information. The market would seem to be friendlier towards hotels than condos at this point.

    I say it's a go!

    Mods: Should the thread be retitled, now that it's no longer a condo project?
    How about "Horizen Tower Hotel - West 23rd Street"

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    Thanks for the info, Lofter! This is excellent news!

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    Thanks for the Name Change on this thread

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    ^No problem.

    I am glad to be more optimistic about this building now, though until I actually see it getting built.....

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    Horizen Global switches two projects from condos to hotels 01-NOV-07


    Horizen Global, which is headed by Michael Yanko, has switched its plans for two West Side developments from residential condominiums to hotels.
    According to its website, its plans for a 21-story residential condominium building at 39 West 23rd Street with 71 apartments now call for a hotel with 170 rooms and suites.

    The Department of Buildings issued a building permit for the project last week and its design by Carlos Zapata Studio and Gruzen Samton LLP had been approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission that requested the design be modified by reducing its height and it required the developer to restore and retain the facades of the existing low-rise residential building at 37 West 23rd Street.

    The flamboyant and bold design calls for a white-glass-clad narrow tower that not only slants to the north above its-low rise base on 23rd Street, but also cantilevers over its rear yard and also slightly over an adjoining low-rise residential building that is part of its zoning lot to the east at 37 West 23rd Street.

    The "whittled" design is not simple and there are a variety of other facets, and a few notches, to its facades.

    The site runs through to 24th Street where a three-and-a-half-story, single-family townhouse would be erected as part of the development.

    The project's chamfered design also is somewhat similar in concept to One Bryant Park, the much larger skyscraper being erected now on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and the Avenue of the Americas.

    Mr. Zapata's and Mr. Samton's design, however, follows the strange logic of the city's zoning and building regulations and, as a result, represents an extremely intriguing and formidably sculptural form, especially for New York above the clean-cut lines of its low-rise base.

    The tower of the mid-block building would be quite narrow with only about 3,500 square feet on a floor. It would be a few stories higher than the tall buildings at either end of the block but its slanted design would more views of the Metropolitan Life clocktower building on Madison Avenue as seen from the Avenue of the Americas than a sheer tower, Mr. Zapata said.

    The top of the low-rise base on 23rd Streets projects out about 22 inches to "look like a cornice," he said.

    The company's website now refers to the Horizen Tower as a "five-star boutique hotel" that "will have 170 rooms and suites, including a penthouse suite with a private garden, a 100-sear restaurant and bar, an additional patio bar, a screening room, banquet space, and a Jacuzzi bar."

    The building would replace a 96-car parking lot.

    Horizen Global's other Manhattan projects include Hudson Blue at 423 West Street and the Vu Hotel at 653 11th Avenue for the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group of San Francisco.

    In July, 2005, Horizen Global of its plans to convert the 14-story industrial building at 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street to condominium and rental apartments.

    Mr. Zapata is also the architect for this project where the developer plans to cut away a "notch" in the southwest corner of the building and add that "space" on top of the building. The "transfer" will add about three floors to the building but not significantly change its total space. Mr. Zapata said that the plans call for preserving, cleaning and restoring the existing facade. "We want to respect the strength it has," he said, adding that the plans call for new multi-pane windows.

    The building's new top would be setback and dramatically curved with a glass, or glass-and-metal facade. A curve will also be introduced in the "notch" where one side will be curved downward.

    The building called for about 86 luxury condo apartments and 9 "affordable housing" rental units that would be located on floors 2 through 6.

    A few months ago, however, Horizen Global changed its plans for the 11th Avenue property that will now be converted into a 222-room hotel with interiors designed by the Rockwell Group.

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    Apparently, this hotel will now be called Zuri, have 178 rooms and finally get underway in a few months according to this tidbit from the Times today:

    ...ALTHOUGH the current credit crisis has dealt a blow to some developers, analysts said they knew of no hotel projects in New York City that have been scuttled outright. Still, locking in loans for future projects has become trickier, said Michael Yanko, the chief executive of Horizen Global, a developer based in New York.

    His Zuri, a 178-room hotel that is expected to break ground this spring on West 23rd Street in the Flatiron District, had to turn to European banks to underwrite the $135 million project after many American investors balked, Mr. Yanko said. To be designed by the architect Carlos Zapata, who also designed the Cooper Square Hotel, the 24-story structure will have a 40-foot-long glass-bottomed Jacuzzi cantilevered over the sidewalk, he added.
    ^ That glass-bottomed jacuzzi cantilevered over the sidewalk should be interesting.

    Anyway, I'm so glad this is really going to happen. Now we just need that Portzamparc beauty on Park Ave. South to get started as well, with minimal changes I might add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    That glass-bottomed jacuzzi cantilevered over the sidewalk should be interesting.
    Gimmick?

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    Isn't William Beaver doing that same trick?

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    So ... not even an original gimmick.

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    Hopefully, this beautiful design will be built by the new buyer and not a cheap POS by Kaufman, et al.

    http://therealdeal.com/newyork/artic...treet/comments

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    Project Retains Its Edgy Design

    By LAURA KUSISTO

    A luxury residential developer plans to build a new condo near Madison Square Park using an edgy design left over from a stalled hotel project.


    A rendering of the planned condo
    development at 39-41 W. 23rd St.


    Anbau Enterprises has paid $18.5 million for a parking lot at 39-41 W. 23rd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, according to the broker.

    The site offers potential for a 93,000-square-foot building. It's also one of the few opportunities to build a ground-up development in the up-and-coming area, which has seen Eataly, Shake Shack and a cluster of hip hotels rise in recent years.

    Before the recession, Horizen Global, a small real-estate company with grand design ambitions, planned a billowing glass hotel by local architect Carlos Zapata. He also designed the Cooper Square Hotel downtown.

    Like Frank Gehry's 8 Spruce Street, Mr. Zapata's glass curves stand out from the historic neighborhood. But John Massengale, an architecture scholar and blogger, prefers another comparison.

    "You could maybe compare it to the IAC building [in Chelsea], which is one of my least favorite Gehry buildings," said Mr. Massengale.

    In September 2006, Community Board 5 asked the City Planning Commission not to grant the developers a special permit they needed due to the building's size and use. The building is located in the 28-block Ladies' Mile Historic District, meaning it needed approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It also required approval from the City Planning Commission.

    "The bulk of the proposed new building significantly destroys the continuity of the elegant decorative historic street wall and despoils the special aesthetic character of the Ladies' Mile Historic District streetscape," said a resolution at the time from the community board.

    The planning commission approved the permit anyway, with modifications. But before Horizen could begin construction, the bank commenced foreclosure in 2009, and eventually took back the property.

    Anbau now plans to build a 22-story tower with about 38 luxury condos. "This is one of the rare developments. The land was in foreclosure limbo for years, but it has now sold free and clear with none of the negatives of the previous development project," said Eric Anton, of Eastern Consolidated, a broker on the sale.

    Mr. Zapata's distinctive design will remain. "We like the design and think it will be a great addition to the other towers in the Flatiron District. In fact, some people refer to it as the 'Tower District,'" said Stephen Glascock, president of Anbau Enterprises, through a spokesman. Mr. Glascock is an architect by training and many of the company's previous projects have earned design awards.

    Before the recession, Anbau developed 110 Central Park South, a prewar conversion, and 136 West 22nd St., a warehouse conversion. It started construction of 124 West 23rd St., a 16-story condo that's been delayed for two years due to the market.

    The area around Madison Square Park has become a prominent target for developers looking to snap up stalled projects. Ziel Feldman, of HFZ Capital Group, and Stephen Ross, of the Related Cos., are vying for the troubled condo project at One Madison Park.

    Toll Brothers also last week purchased a vacant lot at East 22nd Street and Third Avenue in a foreclosure auction for $35.5 million. It plans to build a 21-story apartment building.

    Anbau wants to make small changes to the original design, in part for energy efficiency. The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the modifications June 14. It also needs to grant an extension of the original permit.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000..._MIDDLE_LSMini

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    This is great news! I love this proposal.

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    Wow, great news! These will sell at 2,000 psf or considerably more.

    And this will be a beautiful contrast on 23rd.

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