Progress Report: 119 Orchard Hotel Hits 6 Stories

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 at 6:22 am by
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No week is truly complete on the Lower East Side without the mention of another damn hotel project in the works. Especially with regard to the decimated upper leg of Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston. Thus far, only one of five planned hotels on the block actually came to fruition – the Thompson LES. The other four projects remain in various states of completion. Time to revisit the fate of 119 Orchard Street (aka 120 Allen).

Despite amassing a small collection of stop work permits in the past, construction work onsite has been rather steady for the last few months. The lot gradually transitioned from mid-block crater to six stories of steel framework. Flatbed-bound cranes are a common sight these days, not to mention the recent addition of an elevator shaft on the Allen front. Brickwork is also visible on the Orchard facade, providing an early taste of what’s to come.

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DOB paperwork confirms that the ten-story hotel will of course boast a restaurant alongside its rooms. Architect behind the project is the Long Island-based firm Arnold Montag & Associates. Still no renderings, but those pesky “public benefit” placards remind us how great another Lower East Side lodge will be. Said signage predicted a June 2013 completion. Oh well.

On a related note, the height of the building, which carries an Orchard address, seems suspicious, considering the updated zoning regulations were passed before the predecessor was ever demolished. Structures are limited to eight stories in this spot…

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