180 Orchard Developer Reacts to Noise Complaints

180 Orchard Street.

The residents of upper Orchard Street have been living in a construction zone for almost a decade now.  The perpetually stalled hotel project at 180 Orchard Street finally got moving again a few weeks ago, as crews dismantled the two-story concrete skeleton put in place by previous developers.  While a lot of people are relieved to see some progress at the site, local residents were not at all pleased about the construction noise reverberating throughout the immediate area, which started as early as 7 a.m.  But after a round of calls to Community Board 3 and the Lower East Side BID, the situation seems to have improved.

Hotel Renderings: 163 & 180 Orchard, 185 Bowery

Issac & Stern Architects’ renderings of 180 Orchard St., a future Hotel Indigo.

After living with sidewalk sheds and scaffolding for almost five years, it can be hard to imagine how upper Orchard Street will look when two long-delayed hotel projects are completed. Luckily, the professionals over at Issac & Stern Architects have been hard at work providing us some renderings.

The larger of the two projects in the firm’s portfolio, a 26-story, 250-room Hotel Indigo on 200,000 square feet at 180 Orchard St. owned by Brack Capital, may quickly be nicknamed “Blue II,” if the drawings are true to color. The smaller project, a 10-story building with 33 suites planned on 17,000 square feet at 163 Orchard St., seems to lean green. Thanks to grandfathered zoning, both buildings will tower over their tenement neighbors.

Meanwhile, another Brack Capital project on the LES, a CitizenM Hotel planned at 185-191 Bowery, has also made a recent appearance on the Internet.