Manhattan’s Second Green Hotel Project Announced as Starwood’s “1″ Comes to Midtown

Way back in October, I wrote about Starwood Capital Group’s plans to create a green luxury hotel brand called “1″ (named for the one percent of revenue that each property will donate to local environmental groups, chosen by a steering committee constituted, in part, by members of the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC also serves [...]

Way back in October, I wrote about Starwood Capital Group’s plans to create a green luxury hotel brand called “1″ (named for the one percent of revenue that each property will donate to local environmental groups, chosen by a steering committee constituted, in part, by members of the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC also serves as an advisor to 1.)

Yesterday, GlobeSt.com reported that 1 will land at 14-20 West 40th Street in Midtown as the 1 Hotel and Residences at Bryant Park, designed by Morris Adjmi. This is New York’s second recent green hotel announcement, on the heels of the Greenhouse 26 project in Chelsea that was reported back in April. Designed to earn an unspecified level of LEED certification, the 31 story, mixed-use project will offer both condo and hotel units, as well as a Stephen Hanson restaurant. Green design features include thirty percent greater energy efficiency than required under state law through use of natural light, occupancy sensors, lighting control, and Energy Star appliances. The project team will also incorporate materials that are both locally-sourced and high in recycled content. Moreover, fifty percent of the building’s energy needs will come from wind, hydro, and biomass sources. A 2010 occupancy is expected.

As Starwood CEO Barry Sterlicht observed in a statement, it is absolutely appropriate that a high performance green hotel open up across the street from Bryant Park. What’s even more encouraging is watching developers recognizing opportunity and stepping into the hospitality industry’s green void as observed in the 2006 BD+C Green Building White Paper.

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    One Response to Manhattan’s Second Green Hotel Project Announced as Starwood’s “1″ Comes to Midtown

    1. bryant park neighbors Friday, February 29, 2008 at 12:04 am #

      BRYANT PARK IN DANGER OF GOING DARK!

      Has anyone been following the 1 Hotel One & Residences proposed for 20 W 40 St. across from the Main Library and Bryant Park?

      While claiming to be a “completely green” hotel and marketing the fact that the new tower will be “certified LEED Silver” the truth is that this REALLY big building (32 stories!!) will be wedged into a lot next to Bryant Park. The building would be on the east end of the block, across from the library but the shadows will stretch as far as the fountain in the park near 6th Ave. That is a shadow that stretches nearly a whole long block.

      In order for this behemoth to be built, the developer will need a special permit because the daylight evaluation is well below the allowed zoning regulations.

      What’s worse — this “green” hotel did not even conduct a full environmental impact study to determine exactly how this new structure will impact the park and surrounding community.

      This project is currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission. If you enjoy Bryant Park and don’t want to see the park “go dark”, please click on the link to the planning commission comment page below and let them know how you feel.
      http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildcp.html