CitizenM Prepares for Its 19-Story Hotel on the Bowery with Office Trailer and Roadblock

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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The nineteen-story CitizenM hotel project on the Bowery has become a decade-long affair, and thorn in the side for the surrounding community. After random periods of onsite activity at 185-189 Bowery – including the recent removal of the M103 bus shelter – we can now report that ground-break has officially commenced.

The Department of Buildings finally approved permits for the new 19-story tower earlier this month. It only took a year of constant back-and-forth with the city agency over “disapproved” plans. And last Friday, the work began. Contractors assembled the new worksite trailer and traffic barricades for pedestrian walkway (meaning fewer lanes for motorists).

And if you were wondering about catching the M103 here, you’re SOL as the bus stop is apparently terminated for the forseeable future. Thanks to CitizenM, there is now no stop between Grand and East Houston.

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Upon its eventual debut, the CitzenM hotel will boast 300 keys spread between floors 2 to 17 (20 rooms per level). Amenities for guests include a gym, basement bar, and rooftop lounge/terrace on the 19th floor. Plans also call for the construction of a 3,383 square-foot public plaza.

In other CitizenM news, the front office PR team recently relayed info that there will be a meet-and-greet for neighbors at some point soon. Nowhere near the Lower East Side, though. The event is scheduled for February, and will be held at its new 50th Street location. How convenient.

Meanwhile, questions still remain as to how the current infrastructure will handle the influx of an even greater amount of traffic to the already busy corner of Bowery and Delancey. Especially during the construction period when heavy equipment begins to block off the northbound lanes.

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The row of historic structures comprising 185-189 Bowery was slowly acquired by Brack Capital between 2007 and 2009. Demolition followed a year later with the decapitation of 185 Bowery, a sly means of eliminating any chance for landmark designation (holdout Roberta Degnore took a stand but failed). However, it wasn’t until March 2012 that the demolition derby finally hit a stride. Yep, two years to execute the entire takedown.

This will be a disaster. Mark our words.

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