CitizenM Gets the Go-Ahead from the DOB for Its 19-Story Bowery Hotel

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 at 5:21 am by
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In the weeks running up to Memorial Day, we noticed the abnormal – actual activity at the CitizenM hotel project site. The tattered perimeter plywood fencing off 185-189 Bowery was replaced, and workers began patrolling the area. This was the first sign that ground break would begin in the foreseeable future. The second, a green light from the Department of Buildings.

After sitting in bureaucratic purgatory for some ten months, the DOB approved plans last Wednesday for the “budget luxury inn.” (Construction permits aren’t issued yet, though) Contrary to previous plans, the CitizenM skyscraper will now rise nineteen stories (219 feet) and boast a payload of 300 rooms. In real estate talk, that’s 79,556 square-feet of space. According to documents on file, each floor contains twenty units; the rooftop will also have a bar and terrace. Cellar levels will include minimal bike parking (8 spaces), a basement lounge, and gym with locker rooms for men and women.

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An early rendering of CitizenM Bowery

As for zoning, the city also approved the shift from commercial (C6-1) to residential-hotel (R-1).

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September 2009

CitizenM Bowery, vis-a-vis developer Brack Capital, is notorious around these parts. The row of historic structures comprising 185-189 Bowery was slowly acquired by Brack between 2007 and 2009. The takedown followed a year later with the decapitation of 185 Bowery, a sly means of eliminating any chance of landmark designation (holdout Roberta Degnore took a stand but failed). Though, it wasn’t until March 2012 that the demolition derby finally hit a stride. Since the destruction, however, the site has been a perennial sandlot.

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A CitizenM ad for Times Square onsite of future Bowery CitizenM

This latest news of CitizenM Bowery is rather timely – hot on the heels of the Times Square location opening to the masses. You’ve likely seen bills for that ad campaign all over the neighborhood.

We’re now seven years invested in this bullshit project; it should be at least another three to complete the decade. Here’s a photo refresher…

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