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Thread: Proposed - Office Tower - 1800 Park Avenue at 125th Street - by Swanke Hayden Connell

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    Default Proposed - Office Tower - 1800 Park Avenue at 125th Street - by Swanke Hayden Connell

    NY Post.

    March 5, 2003

    WEDDING and meeting planners take note: Harlem may soon get its first, full-service hotel.

    The land, a vacant parcel at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and East 125th Street opposite the Metro North station, is currently owned by the abutting New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

    The school is negotiating a 48-year lease with a renewal option with developer Michael Caridi, chairman of the Brooklyn-based construction company, SRC Industries.

    At this point, the Marriott and Westin hotel chains have expressed interested in the site.

    "We're proposing 183 to 204 rooms in a full-service hotel," said Caridi, who hopes to break ground on the 26-to-30-story project in September. "It's a godsend for Harlem. Politically, everyone seems to be on board with it."

    Indeed, Kenneth J. Knuckles, the former Dinkins administration Commissioner of General Services now leading the Harlem Empowerment Zone, is eager to facilitate its construction.

    "It's something we would like to see happen," Knuckles said.

    The land, however, must be rezoned to allow the project to move forward and the developer is discussing that aspect with City Planning. If it comes to a vote before the City Planning Commission, Knuckles, who also sits on that board, said he might have to recuse himself.

    While Caridi's company generally provides construction and construction management services, others believe he is equipped to carry out the project.

    He is a partner in the Holiday Inn on West 57th Street and says he is "talking to a few different people" about coming in on the Harlem deal.

    "He has the equity and wherewithal to carry this out himself," said a source who is familiar with Caridi.

    Caridi started pursuing the Harlem Hotel after learning of a favorable feasibility study by Marriott.

    A Marriott spokesperson for its New York City properties confirmed it is in conversations with Caridi's firm to develop a 180-room Courtyard by Marriott.

    Caridi is negotiating with the major operators now to see which one gets to carry its flag north of Central Park. The eventual winner will also drive the devilish details of the $100 million-plus hotel now being designed by SCR Design.

    As currently planned, the mixed-use project would also have 200,000 square feet of commercial office space, 60,000 square feet of retail shopping, 30,000 square feet of catering for banquets and meetings, a small pool and underground parking.

    Additionally, the architects are toying with creating an evening dinner and jazz club on the transitional 13th or 14th floors between the lower commercial offices and upper hotel rooms.

    "The area with the rich history of 125th Street could be a nice draw," said Michael Cuddy, director of architecture for SCR. "There would be a view out over the lower buildings and you could see the river and Central Park and the surrounding areas."

    According to Caridi, the hotel and attendant offices and retail shopping will create somewhere between 1,800 and 2,000 permanent jobs. A spokesperson for the Podiatric College said the negotiations are ongoing.

    Joseph A. Del Vecchio of Murray Hill Properties/TCN, who is representing a retail project at 71 East 125th St. across the street, said, "It's about time. That portion of 125th Street is so desolate and it would be great to see development there."

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    I like it. *Hope it passes through, Harlem needs more developments like this. *And it just looks good...

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    I hope that they get it!
    I am envious.

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    That is a great location for Harlems first hotel. *I hope this building happens. *Kinda reminds me of the Bell South building in Nashville TN. *The Bell building is around the same hight and is known down there as the "Batman Building"

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    Amazing. Great. Beautiful. I hope it is accepted. Harlem really needs a building like this to restart building development. During the 1970's there where a few high rise building made in the area around Harlem.

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    It's also a great improvement over the older Hotel Theresa. By the way, where did you get that rendering.

    (Edited by DominicanoNYC at 5:33 pm on Mar. 6, 2003)

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    From The NYPost-here it is again..


    Off of SCR Design's website
    \http://www.scrdesign.com/

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    I guess banal provincial American is better than something from someone's armpit.

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    Kinda like a convention center hotel in San Antonio...

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    Is this happening?

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    We'll find out soon enough.

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    Harlem has alot of culture and history and I hope if a building boom comes, they won't make it a place to dump rushed-out last-minute architecture like the Cineplex on 14th Street or Houston. (I think that's where it is)

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    That's exactly what's happening.

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    Who else here is reminded of the Westin Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta?

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    First Hotel and Office Development in 30 Years Slated for Harlem

    By Barbara Jarvie

    Last updated: Oct 22, 2003 10:04AM

    NEW YORK CITY-Plans will be unveiled Thursday for the first Marriot Courtyard in an inner city community and an office building in Harlem. The 585,000-sf mixed use development, which is located at 125th Street and Park Avenue and dubbed Harlem Park, marks the area's first hotel and office development in 30 years.

    The model of the $190-million development, designed by Enrique Norten, principal, Ten Acquitectos/Design International, will outline a vision that the developers, 1800 Park LLC, hope will "inspire a new source of community pride in Harlem."

    This is just one of a number of developments in Harlem. A groundbreaking was held earlier this week for Strivers Gardens, a $67 million residential condominium on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between West 134th and 135th streets. The building will feature 169 condominiums, 37,000 sf of retail and underground parking and is expected to be ready to go by fall 2004.

    Last year, the first phase of Harlem Center, an $80-million, 300,000 sf mixed-use development was being constructed by Forest City Enterprises Inc. Located on state-owned land at 105 W. 125th St., the office building scheduled to open in early 2004 will be anchored by two state agencies. First announced in late 1999, the project falls under the auspices of the empowerment zone, a 10-year, $300-million program to stimulate economic growth through financial incentives designed to attract new private investment. The state has contributed $100 million to match the federal and New York City contributions to the program.

    Robert Redicker, SVP of Forest City Ratner, had previously stated his enthusiasm for the area. He noted last year that an inventory analysis of the 125th St. Corridor shows a thriving retail area that will be attractive to future commercial tenants. "It was clear to us that this corridor is more than a retail multilevel project," says Redicker. "A class A office property could also be very successful, and we believe our building will be well situated for that use."


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