Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two New Hotels to Open Near Madison Park

The Lam Group is in talks with Starwood Hotels and Marriott Hotels for each to operate hotels in a new 40-story tower he is building on Broadway, between West 29th and West 30th streets. The new building will rise in place of four adjacent properties acquired this summer. The development, which will comprise of the hotels and 'significant' retail space, will be more than 450,000 square feet and cost around $400 million to build. Lam expects to break ground in Spring 2013.

Mr. Lam said he is close to signing deals with Starwood and Marriott. Starwood plans to open its mid-range boutique brand Aloft at the site, while Marriott plans to open a Renaissance, a high-end hotel brand.

Each hotel would occupy separate portions of the building and manage their spaces individually. The new building will rise in place of four adjacent properties, located at 1205, 1225 and 1227 Broadway, and 846 Avenue of the Americas.

The project will create about 750 hotel rooms, 400 of which fall under the Renaissance brand and the remaining 350 under Aloft.

Room rates will be roughly $500 a night at the Renaissance, and up to $400 a night at Aloft, according to Mr. Lam, whose development firm Lam Group has built several hotel properties across the city.

The hotel market has been rising in the city and interest in building and investing in hotel properties has been stroked, particularly in the neighborhood north of Madison Square Park, popularly now known as NoMad.

Mr. Lam's project is located in the area and will be just across the street from the Ace Hotel, a property that put the neighborhood on the map as a trendy destination when it opened in 2009. Since then other hip hotels, most notably the NoMad and the Gansevoort on Park Avenue South have opened.

Earlier this week, Alfa Development acquired the Hotel Grand Union at 34 E. 32nd St., between Park and Madison avenues, in the same area for nearly $30 million. Michael Namer, chief executive of Alfa, said the neighborhood was attractive because it is so centrally located in the city and appealed to both tourists and the increasing numbers of residents and workers who are flocking to the popular neighborhood.