180 Ludlow Street.
The new, upscale hotel at 180 Ludlow Street is expected to open by next spring. That was the word from the hotel owners, who went before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee earlier this week, winning the panel’s blessing for a liquor license. The long-suffering development site was bought by BD Hotels two years ago for $25 million. The high flying group, led by Richard Born and Ian Druckier, offered a few new details about the project, which is destined to be a Lower East Side game changer.
The 20-story hotel will include an Italian restaurant not unlike Gemma, the trattoria in the Bowery Hotel (one of this group’s many Manhattan holdings), a small patio on the Orchard Street side of the building and a lobby lounge. Food service will be available 24 hours; liquor will be served until 4 a.m. They submitted a letter of support from their neighbor, The Ludlow apartment building, as well as petitions from local residents containing 150 signatures.
Is it a miracle or a mirage? There have been so many conflicting visions for stalled construction site 180 Ludlow over the years, that any news about this troubled project is at least a little bit suspect. But the latest development seems believable: Curbed reports today that Serge Hoyda has finally sold the property to a highly regarded boutique hotel operator for $25 million.
According to the blog post, BD Hotels has apparently taken over at 180 Ludlow. This morning an EV Grieve reader noted that there seemed to be increased nighttime activity inside the hulking shell sandwiched between “The Ludlow” apartment building and Max Fish. BD Hotels operates the Maritime, Chambers, Greenwich, Jane and Bowery hotels. The sale had been rumored for many months, but it was held up by a lawsuit between Hoyda and the previous owner of the building site.
The headline in the Observer this afternoon reads, “Lower East Side finally getting a half decent boutique hotel.”
Read our previous coverage of the endless 180 Ludlow saga here.