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.
The CitizenM Hotel is expected to begin construction early next year, according to Brack’s website, which offers a few drawings as well as this description: “A 88,500 sq ft boutique hotel in Manhattan’s fastest developing neighborhood. The 315-room hotel is located in Nolita, with spectacular view of SoHo and its surrounding due to special air rights unique for this location.” (Nolita, in the 10002 ZIP code? Hmm.)
In February 2010, an historic townhouse at 185 Bowery was demolished to make room for the new development, which will take over four building lots near the intersection with Delancey Street.