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Construction on Two-in-One Midtown Hotel Almost Underway

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It looks like construction is about to be underway on the 68-story Courtyard and Residence Inn going up on Broadway and 54th. If you'll recall, the building will house two hotels (a 378-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 261-room Residence Inn), and is set to be complete in late 2013. If the semantics of the two-in-one hotel fascinate you, the Times explains the breakdown as such: "the tower will have a main entrance and arrival lobby on West 54th Street; the lobby for the Residence Inn will be on the building’s third floor, and the Courtyard lobby will be on the fourth floor. Courtyard guest rooms will be on floors 6 through 32, while Residence Inn rooms will be on floors 36 through 64; each hotel will have its own elevator banks." You got that?

The Nobutaka Ashihara building is going to rise to 716-feet and the developer, Granite Broadway Property says that it will be the tallest building in New York that's used "strictly for lodging." We suppose that means its 35' shortcoming when stacked next to the Mandarin Oriental at the Time Warner Center is forgiven due to those pesky condos. Officials from Granite Broadway Property and Marriott are expected to give an official statement later today.
· High-Rise Marriott Hotel Project Planned in New York [NYT]
· Two-in-One Hotel Tower to Rise 67 Stories on Broadway [Curbed]