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'We are the construction manager, architect and developer. We do everything.'
finishes," Pagnozzi says. "It will represent
the Marriott brand well."
The 216,000-square-foot hotel is situated
one block from the Jacob Javits Convention
Center, which the hotel plans to service. The
convention center, which is also undergoing a 1-million-square-foot addition that
features new exhibition and event facilities,
hosts more than 80 trade shows and 70 special events per year. It attracts more than 3.5
million visitors and most of them are from
out of town and in need of accommodations.
"There are a several hotels in the area but
none as close to Hudson Yards as our hotel,"
Pagnozzi says. Aside from bordering Hudson Yards, the new hotel is within walking
distance of Madison Square Garden, Times
Square, Empire State Building and Penn-
sylvania Station. It's a short drive from the
World Trade Center redevelopment, Broadway, Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The porcelain tile rainscreen-clad hotel
has a fitness center, 1,700 square feet of
meeting and event space and a bar and
restaurant. "One of the unique features is
a two-story-high living green wall in the
bistro area," Pagnozzi says.
"The hotel has placed a strong focus on
technology to accommodate the increasing
demand from tech-savvy travelers," he
added. "High-rise buildings often experience dead zones so we have added cell
phone repeaters to make sure every floor
has service. Hardwire internet connections
will be available as well."
The Marriott project has received funding
from the federal EB-5 program, through
which foreigners who invest at least
$500,000 in American businesses can be
granted a visa.
Most of Atria's projects receive this type
of funding through a partnership with
the Manhattan Regional Center (MRC).
Approved as a designated EB-5 regional
center by the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services, MRC manages a
diverse portfolio of Manhattan and Greater
New York City projects.
It partners with some of the largest real
estate developers, financiers, construction
and design teams in New York City and
around the globe.
The 29-story hotel, which
broke ground in 2015, is
targeted to open in 2018.
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