VOA Architects

Architecture, Hotels, Midtown West, New Developments

451 Tenth Avenue, VOA Architects, Midtown West, Highgate, Spitzer

Here’s a first idea of what may be coming to a valuable far west side corner owned by former governor Elliot Spitzer.
First spotted by the eagle-eyed SkyscraperPage, the scheme was prepared by VOA Architects for Highgate Hotels and shows an approximately 70-story, mixed-use tower stacked with a 1,000-key hotel with condominiums above. The site at 451 Tenth Avenue at 35th Street was picked up by Spitzer for $62 million in 2014 through a 99-year lease from Madd Equities. VOA’s blog page states, “the project would have been the first new convention hotel in NY since the Marriott Marquis opened in 1985.” Judging by the past-tense nature of the description, it seems this exact vision will not come to fruition.

More renderings ahead

Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments

230 west 36th, VOA Architects, Garment District, Midtown offices, Midtown South

The visualization wizzes at Hayes Davidson posted this image of a hyper-modern tower addition atop an imposing Verizon-owned building at 230 West 36th Street.

While few details are provided with the accompanying image, an article from the Times last year mentioned that the top two floors and some unused development rights of the 1924 building were being shopped around to developers as a potential hotel site. The rendered building appears to be a commercial office building, however. With the dearth of development sites suitable for large office floor plates east of Ninth Avenue, and a hot Midtown South office market where vacancy rates hover near 9 percent, the site could be a prime opportunity to construct new office space in the heart of the Times Square/Penn Station sub-market.

More details ahead

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