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    Luxe hotel coming to West Village



    145 Perry Street, site of planned hotel


    By Catherine Contiguglia
    Updated On 04/01/08 at 09:51AM

    Plans for a seven-story, 93-unit luxury hotel and restaurant are moving ahead in the Greenwich Village Historic District after gaining approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission last week.

    The approval follows months of debate over replacing the existing 24-foot stucco building at 145 Perry Street in the West Village, used as a freight loading station since 1938. Pressure from community organizations and officials, including state Sen. Thomas Duane, led to the proposed hotel's height being reduced from 90 feet to 78 feet.

    The hotel is designed by architect Morris Adjmi and will be developed by Scott Sabbagh, who built the Urban Glass House on Spring Street, architect Philip Johnson's final project. Construction at 145 Perry Street is slated to begin in about six months and a fall 2009 opening is expected, Adjmi said.

    The hotel will have a below-grade restaurant and bar and six stories of rooms topped by a penthouse with a private terrace. The rooms and suites will start at about $500 a night, and amenities will include a spa, Sabbagh said.

    Adjmi said the West Village lacks hotels.

    "I think there's a shortage of great places to stay in the West Village," Adjmi said. "I think it's one of the best neighborhoods in the city. It's going to be a low-key luxury hotel -- a great place for people to come who want to visit downtown. Architecturally, I think it blends right in and stands out at the same time."

    Although preservationists see the hotel's height reduction as an improvement, they remain concerned that the structure is out of character for the neighborhood, and that it will increase traffic and noise. The property is already zoned commercial, so the project only needs Department of Buildings permits to proceed.

    "We would have liked to see greater changes," said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation. He added that "there's been some anxiety among neighbors about the potential of hotel use. I think people are worried about traffic, noise, cabs, deliveries – all sorts of things like that."

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    Surprise. Berman's worried (again).

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    West Village

    Amid the Cobblestones, Fears of an Intruder

    By GREGORY BEYER
    Published: April 20, 2008

    SINCE September, when he had emergency eye surgery to repair a damaged retina, Jordan Schaps has occasionally been compelled to offer up a medical metaphor. He has one about the impending change in the far West Village, on the corner of Washington and Perry Streets, a few doors down from where he has lived for more than 20 years.

    Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

    Late last month, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal for a seven-story luxury hotel and restaurant on the quiet corner.
    Mr. Schaps’s medical metaphor goes something like this: The community is the patient, and the hotel’s developer and architect are the doctors. The problem is that in the view of Mr. Schaps, a former photography editor at New York magazine, the patient is perfectly healthy and the operation amounts to malpractice.

    Mr. Schaps and some of his neighbors argue that this admittedly dramatic comparison suits the proposed 85-room hotel at 145 Perry Street, which will sit within the 2006 extension of the Greenwich Village Historic District. For months, local residents and preservationists have opposed the proposal, which originally called for a height of eight stories, and argued that the new building would bring noise and congestion. The landmarks commission rejected the developer’s presentations twice before accepting the third.

    The outcome pleased State Senator Thomas Duane, whose district includes the West Village and who testified at a landmarks hearing to request the height reduction. “We really made the best out of a not-so-great situation,” Mr. Duane said, adding that a future application for a liquor license would allow negotiations on quality-of-life concerns to continue.

    Even among the hotel’s staunchest opponents, there is little love for the nondescript storefronts along Washington Street that will be demolished to make way for the new building.

    The people behind the hotel say it will be a fitting addition to the streetscape. “We are anticipating it to be kind of a luxury boutique hotel that has the soul of the Village within,” said Scott Sabbagh, the developer of the building, which will have an undulating brick facade, oversize aluminum windows and a terra cotta cornice.

    Construction is expected to begin late this summer, and the hotel could open as early as 2010.

    Addressing residents’ fears of increased traffic and loud crowds, attracted by the hotel and the lobby bar and basement-level restaurant, Mr. Sabbagh said: “It will add a buzz in the neighborhood. But it will be a lot more subtle than something in the meatpacking district.”

    The neighborhood-embracing language exasperates David Crohn, a 31-year-old freelance writer whose Washington Street co-op is on the same block as the site of the planned building. As Mr. Crohn put it, “I’m appalled at the idea that they would market the charm of this part of the Village when in fact they seek to destroy it.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company.

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    That's a nice building!

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    I quite agree. That is a very attractive design. Morris Adjmi is a good firm.

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    A larger rendering posted by curbed...


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    Looks Boston-ish. I like.

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    The terracotta cornice is fantastic.

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    It looks nice, who is the developer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v70cat View Post
    It looks nice, who is the developer?
    Anyone know who the developer is?

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    The first post, third paragraph.

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    Nice design.

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    Oh, no! I liked the Morris Adjmi design much better .

    Simplicity and straight lines be damned - boring (in this case).

    And since 145 Perry and the Washington Street townhouses are now being designed by the same architect, I would've thought they'd want to do something different with each, especially since they're right next to each other .

    I think "wavy" would've complemented the townhouses.


    Hotel! Townhouses! Epic West Village Double Reveal

    September 25, 2009, by Sara



    Yesterday brought word of a pair of new $20 million townhouses planned along Washington Street, a companion piece to a new hotel planned next door at the corner of Washington and Perry Streets. The new houses meant that the project's developers had decided to go back to the drawing board for the 145 Perry Street hotel. Would the wavy Morris Adjmi design dramatically change? Yep! We have the first look at the new hotel (above, now designed by David Helpern), and the building that caused controversy back in the day has undergone a simpler and gentler makeover. It's a little less playful than the prior version (is that The Inn on Perry Street signage we spy?), but what will the neighbors think?



    Meanwhile, the simplicity and straight lines carry over to the Townhouses at Washington Street being developed next door -- not entirely surprising, since they are also designed by Halpern. These two six-story homes are a combined 14,000-square-feet and are asking $23 million and $21 million, according to yesterday's report. Developer Robert Gladstone of Madison Equities said he considers those prices a discount, and he could have gotten $30 million for the properties once upon a time. But price cuts, unlike the flattened hotel design next door, are the wave of the future.

    All Sorts of Village Townhouse Craziness Going On! [Curbed]
    West Village Does the Wave: Perry St. Hotel Revealed [Curbed]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2009/09/2...ble_reveal.php

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    It had to be a box since there was so much pressure to make the building as short as possible.
    It reminds me of the Archive building.

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