Gregory Sharp designs new Westchester County, N.Y., hotel

Gregory Sharp designs largest hotel constructed in Westchester County in last 20 years.
The development of the 24-story, 225-key hotel and event center in the city’s downtown was already approved by the New Rochelle City planning board. Photo credit: Gregory Sharp Architects and Tryp Hotel by Wyndham

The Tryp Hotel by Wyndham is scheduled to open the largest hotel constructed in New York's Westchester County in the last 20 years and the first hotel of its kind in the lower Hudson Valley. The development of the 24-story, 225-key hotel and event center in the city’s downtown was already approved by the New Rochelle City planning board.

Ward Capital Management is the developer of the project. Architect Gregory Sharp was tapped to design the building.

Located directly off I-95 at 115 Cedar Street in New Rochelle’s downtown core, the 245,000 square-foot hotel will serve as a gateway into the lower Hudson Valley from New York City. The hotel will have a restaurant and bar, spa facilities, rooftop pool and grill, conference space and ballroom, and 433-car valet parking structure.

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In addition to the new construction, the development will preserve and adaptively reuse the historic white-brick building located at the project’s base. The building, which was originally constructed in 1905 and formerly housed the “Don Coqui” restaurant, will be repositioned as a grand lobby and entrance to the hotel.

The development will also cover offsite improvements to the surrounding neighborhood. These will include the complete redesign and replanting of the islands around the highway exit and a brand-new pedestrian passageway that extends through the downtown. As part of the passageway, the Metro-North underpass will be transformed with new art and lighting.

The hotel is part of a larger effort to revitalize New Rochelle’s downtown. New Rochelle’s redevelopment initiative, launched in 2015 with the signing of a master developer agreement with RXR Realty, allows for more than 12 million square feet of new construction, including up to 2.4 million square feet of office space, one million square feet of retail, 6,370 housing units, and 1,200 hotel rooms. This effort is projected to bring an additional 12,000-15,000 new residents to the downtown area when complete. So far, 29 projects – totaling six million square feet and more than 4,000 housing units – have been approved, and 11 are already under construction.