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200-Room Hotel Planned for BAM Cultural District

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The BAM Cultural District is getting another new tower, this time a hotel. The Post reports that at 200-room hotel will be rising at 95 Rockwell Place, not far from the 32-story apartment building planned by Two Trees. To design the hotel, developer Second Development Services tapped architect Thomas Leeser, who has created such stunners as the Museum of the Moving Image and the 2012 London Olympic Park. The tower looks to rise about 30 stories (the Post article doesn't specify), with angular cutaway strips breaking up the facade. The building will have a basement performing space, rooftop bar, banquet hall, and a restaurant that overlooks an outside arts plaza. SDS expects to begin construction this fall and complete the building within two years.

Currently, a five-story structure built in 1906 occupies the site, which is directly beside BAM's Theater for a New Audience. In 2011, the building was put up for sale asking $9.25 million, and the advertisement stated that there was an "opportunity for the owner to use the existing building." However, the building is not landmarked, so the developer would not be required to do so. The Post article didn't specify whether or not SDS would, but it doesn't look like they do in the renderings. No public records show that the building sold, but a Memorandum of Lease was issued to 95 Rockwell Place, LLC last summer. Property Shark notes that the property is currently under contract. No permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings.
· Hotel for BAM and Barclays [NYP]
· Two Trees Bringing 32-Story Apartment Tower to DoBro [Curbed]