Long Delayed Hotel at 163 Orchard Street Gets Its Skin

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 at 5:09 am by

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The new hotel at 163 Orchard has olive skin

It’s been consecutive seasons of discontent for 163 Orchard Street, where the five-year-old hotel project spent much of the last twelve months dying on the vine. Cabling rusted, plywood splintered, concrete weathered. But by summer’s end, the 10-ish-story development topped off, the latest stalled eyesore in the neighborhood to rebound. Meanwhile, contractors continue to knock away at this bad boy daily, including weekends.

The as-yet-unnamed hotel – designed by Issac & Stern Architects – is most certainly racing toward completion. Lots of movement onsite. Today, the hulking structure boasts more definition, including some olive-green skin and new window fixtures. However, the renderings on the Architects’ website doesn’t so much match the reality…

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Rendering of 163 Orchard hotel, Photo: Issac & Stern Architects

In addition, we’ve fielded correspondence from neighbors these last few months about living through the terrible construction experience here. Mostly noise-related. For instance, a couple of readers have previously voiced gripes regarding the street-bound metal plates outside the Orchard entry. There’s only so much cluck-clanking one block can take.

This hotel at 163 Orchard is the handiwork of controversial developer Serge Hoyda. The man is all over the hyperlocal landscape of late, thanks to the whole Children’s Magical Garden saga.

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Looking south down Allen St.

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