Architect Michael Kang Brings ‘Be Hotel’ to 125 Canal Street

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 at 5:17 am by

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125 Canal St.

For fifteen years, Grand Sichuan reigned supreme at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Hot pot fans mourned its closure in the spring of 2012, but held out hope that it might return. At the time, an outgoing message from the restaurant announced that the joint would reopen later that fall. That was not to be, thanks to plans for another neighborhood hotel.

Then the scaffolding arrived…

And an application was approved by the Department of Buildings to convert the hulking six-story office building into a new hotel. Shady architect Michael Kang leads the $2.9 million effort, a name very familiar around Chinatown and the Lower East Side (i.e. Nolitan, Henry Street Marriott). Permits were officially issued in December, but the construction nevertheless transpired behind that shroud.

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Now the hotel is almost ready for the big time. On most nights, you’ll likely see the facade illuminated with purplish hues, and as of this week, a sign announcing the forthcoming arrival of “Be Hotel.”

According to documents filed, this Be Hotel will carry forty rooms across the 22,109 square-feet of space.

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