Construction Begins at Gene Kaufman-Designed Gramercy Hotel
Construction work has begun on Sam Chang‘s latest endeavor for his McSam Hotel Group, a 12-story, 130-key hotel tower at 111 East 24th Street in Gramercy, a 6,000-square-foot site that was formerly a parking lot operated by Champion Parking. Approved plans filed with the Department of Buildings list Chang’s designer of choice, Gene Kaufman, as the architect of record, and the illustration posted on the construction fence depicts a lackluster design comprised of two six-story volumes with differentiating fenestration.
The Observer reported in 2014 that Chang inked a $900,000 per year, 99-year triple-net lease for the midblock property situated between Park and Lexington Avenues. According to the filed zoning diagram, there will be a small atrium running through the lower levels of the building. Permits detail a 50,000-gross-square-foot building with a reception lobby, breakfast area, and five hotel rooms at the ground level, 13 rooms per floor on levels two through six, and 10 rooms per floor from seven to 12.
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