Boutique hotel proposed for Wall Street would be 11 rooms
A boutique hotel proposed for the city’s Uptown business district would have 11 rooms instead of the initially proposed 10, the architect said.
“We’ve modified the plan and found space for one additional room,” Scott Dutton said Thursday.
Dutton appeared Monday before the city Planning Board to discuss the proposal for the building at 301 Wall St. He said the three-story building at the corner of Wall and John streets would house 11 hotel rooms on the upper floors and a small restaurant/café on the ground floor that would be open to the public, but also provide service to guests.
On Monday, the Planning Board announced its intention to serve as lead agency in the environmental review of the project.
New York City developer Charles Blaichman purchased the Wall Street building through his firm, Hudson Valley Kingston Development LLC. The firm also owns the former Bank of America building at Broadway and Henry Street in Midtown Kingston, a building at 38 Main St. in the Uptown area and an Abeel Street property where Blaichman had proposed building a hotel near the Rondout Creek waterfront. That proposal for the Noah Hotel never came to fruition.
The Noah was proposed in 1998, but fell through because Blaichman could not finance a $5 million gap in the construction cost.
Dutton said the Wall Street building will not need many exterior renovations for the hotel project. Two window openings farthest from the corner of Wall Street would be modified for emergency egress, he added.
“Other than that, all the renovations are interior renovations,” Dutton said.
The brick building, which has a limestone facade, at one time housed a bank. Its most recent tenant was the Tonner Doll Co., which has moved to 1094 Morton Blvd. in the town of Ulster.
Dutton has said that once approvals for the project are granted, it would take approximately six months to renovate the building. He added that the developers are seeking a waiver of parking requirements for the business, because the building is within 400 feet of a municipal parking lot.