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Retired Italian Soccer Stars Want to Give Hudson St. A Hotel

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A new hotel may soon be rising at the corner of Hudson and Canal Streets in Soho/Hudson Square/whatever this area is called. Tribeca Citizen looked into the somewhat confusing site, and found a website for a project called the Hudson Square Hotel, to be located on said site. According to the website, the project is still in the very early stages, but it's being developed by Rafi Gibly and two former Italian soccer stars, Paolo Maldini and Christian Vieri (apparently the pair also has a fashion label and a few restaurants in Milan). No plans have been filed for the development, but the website, which has a few renderings of the proposed building, says it would be a 30,000-square-foot luxury hotel with 50 to 60 guest rooms, including suites and a penthouse.

The website also says the hotel will have "two restaurants, a lounge/bar, outdoor pool, rooftop sun deck with outdoor dining, a state-of-the-are [sic] gym and conference room." There will be "a trendy restaurant on the ground floor, bar/lounge on second and a restaurant/bar/private event space on the roof." Additionally, "amenities will include in-room dining, concierge service, mini bar, transportation, in-room entertainment, laundry and dry cleaning and personal training." They expect the hotel to open by early 2016. They also are confused about the name of the new World Trade Center:

NYC hit a record high of over 52 million tourists with the Downtown area having the highest occupancy rate. This number is expected to increase significantly as the Freedom Towers are approaching their completion. In addition, empty land lots for development in Manhattan are extremely scarce and practically non-existent. With our unique zoning and location, we have absolute optimism in the financial potential that this investment might bring to all parties involved.This same block is also home to 2 Renwick Street, an under-construction hotel by Gene Kaufman that's been in the works for awhile.
· Two Former Italian Soccer Stars Are Opening a Hotel Here [Tribeca Citizen]
· Hudson Square Hotel [official]