Plans for a seven-story, 93-unit luxury hotel and restaurant are moving ahead in the Greenwich Village Historic District after gaining approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission last week.
The approval follows months of debate over replacing the existing 24-foot stucco building at 145 Perry Street in the West Village, used as a freight loading station since 1938. Pressure from community organizations and officials, including state Sen. Thomas Duane, led to the proposed hotel’s height being reduced from 90 feet to 78 feet.
The hotel is designed by architect Morris Adjmi and will be developed by Scott Sabbagh, who built the Urban Glass House on Spring Street, architect Philip Johnson’s final project. Construction at 145 Perry Street is slated to begin in about six months and a fall 2009 opening is expected, Adjmi said.
The hotel will have a below-grade restaurant and bar and six stories of rooms topped by a penthouse with a private terrace. The rooms and suites will start at about $500 a night, and amenities will include a spa, Sabbagh said.
Adjmi said the West Village lacks hotels.
“I think there’s a shortage of great places to stay in the West Village,” Adjmi said. “I think it’s one of the best neighborhoods in the city. It’s going to be a low-key luxury hotel — a great place for people to come who want to visit downtown. Architecturally, I think it blends right in and stands out at the same time.”
Although preservationists see the hotel’s height reduction as an improvement, they remain concerned that the structure is out of character for the neighborhood, and that it will increase traffic and noise. The property is already zoned commercial, so the project only needs Department of Buildings permits to proceed.
“We would have liked to see greater changes,” said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation. He added that “there’s been some anxiety among neighbors about the potential of hotel use. I think people are worried about traffic, noise, cabs, deliveries – all sorts of things like that.”