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Lam Generation sues Edison, Kaufman to move forward with Chelsea hotel project

Developer needs access to an adjacent property
February 17, 2017 03:10PM

UPDATED, Feb. 17, 6:09 p.m.: Lam Generation is fighting Edison Properties and the Kaufman Organization to continue building a $120 million Marriott International hotel in Chelsea.

The developer needs to access 119 West 24th Street — owned by a company affiliated with Edison and ground leased to Kaufman — in order to install window and skylight protection, the Commercial Observer reported. The companies haven’t been able to negotiate a license agreement, so Lam filed a lawsuit to gain entry.

Lam, led by Jeffrey Lam, purchased 112 West 25th Street in 2013 for $67.5 million from Extell Development. The developer plans to build a 341-key, 181,998-square-foot, hotel on the site, which was formerly home to the Antiques Garage Flea Market.The project is expected to take 24 months to construct, but Lam is concerned that delays could put mezzanine financing and his Marriott license at risk.

The Next Court date is slated for March 7. [CO] — Kathryn Brenzel 

Correction: An earlier version of this report misidentified the head of Lam Generation. It is Jeffrey Lam, not John Lam.