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.
Last summer, The Real Deal reported that Spitzer was seeking approvals to build a 415,000-square-foot, mixed-use tower at the corner site with roughly 311,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space, with the remainder for residential use. The politician-turned-developer also owns the adjacent parcel at 511 West 35th Street (aka 450 Hudson Boulevard), which may explain the large blank wall along the western face of VOA’s concept.
Voa’s scheme is currently on view at the Center for Architecture’s exhibition, New York New Design, which is running until May 28.
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All renderings courtesy of VOA Architects
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