CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Readies Construction; Bus Shelter Dismantled

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 at 5:25 am by
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CitizenM received blessings from the Department of Buildings back in May for its 19-story skyscraper. As part of the approval, the city okayed the zoning shift from commercial (C6-1) to residential-hotel (R-1).

Since then, however, the vacant land had become a parcel of overgrowth and target for street artists. Only now is there finally some movement at the project site. Most notably the dismantling of the M103 bus shelter a few feet from the plywood perimeter. And the trimming of the weeds. Workers informed us that the Cemusa infrastructure was in the way of forthcoming construction. No additional building permits were filed with the DOB just yet…

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This new CitizenM hotel will boast 300 rooms carved from 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.

The row of historic structures comprising 185-189 Bowery was slowly acquired by Brack Capital 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.

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September 2009

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