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Chetrit, Gene Kaufman Team Up Again For 34th Street Hotel

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Developer Joseph Chetrit and architect Gene Kaufman, the dynamic duo that once brought so much joy terror trouble to the Hotel Chelsea, have teamed up for another Manhattan project. The Real Deal spotted newly filed permits with the Department of Buildings that show the Chetrit Group is planning to build a 17-story hotel and retail complex at 245 West 34th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Chetrit purchased the land, along with the neighboring property at No. 247, in January, in partnership with Brooklyn-based Cornell Realty Management. DOB filings show the lower level retail space will measure 8,257-square-feet, while a 180-room hotel will occupy the remaining 36,789-square-feet, which means the hotel rooms will average less than 200-square-feet each.

New York YIMBY spotted a rendering for the propose building on the website of Winick Realty Specialists, the firm that is marketing the retail space. The image is meant to promote the commercial space, so it doesn't show much of the hotel, but from what is visible—a blue and white building with very square windows—it seems to be Kaufman's signature blah-style. The storefront looks like it will be all glass. Winick's website says the space will be ready for occupancy by spring 2015.
· Chetrit, Cornell Reality reveal plans for building on 34th Street [TRD]
· Permits Filed: 245 West 34th Street [YIMBY]
· 245 West 34th Street [Winick]