Triangle Equities, a New York-based developer, partnered with hotel operator Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to bring a 190,000-square-foot, 175-room Westin brand hotel tower with approximately 15,000 square feet of event space to Lighthouse Point – the developer’s $231 million, mixed-use project in St. George on the North Shore in New York City. The hotel, to be named the Westin New York Staten Island, is set to open by mid-year 2019 and will be the first full-service, business-friendly upper-upscale hotel on the Staten Island waterfront. The Westin New York Staten Island will have unobstructed views that will provide guests and visitors with a sense of open air and space. The hotel’s design team will be led by Perkins Eastman as project architect, and Andres Escobar as interior designer.
The Westin New York Staten Island will have wellness-driven programming through the property’s rooftop pool and sky bar lounge, terrace with outdoor dining, spa and fitness center and meeting, conference and event space. The business and conference centers will complement Lighthouse Point’s anchor tenant, Regus – a shared workspace provider, which will occupy approximately 30,000 square feet of the nearly 65,000-square-foot space dedicated to retail and office. The property will be anchored by a restaurant.
“Westin Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s leaders in wellness and upper-upscale hospitality, and Starwood is the perfect partner to operate this one-of-a-kind hotel,” said Lester Petracca, president of Triangle Equities. “Nowhere else on Staten Island will you find a full-service hotel with first-class amenities and stunning unobstructed views of the New York skyline to accommodate both business and leisure travel. Lighthouse Point will fully cater to a live, work and play environment while retaining the feel of a charming and historic harbor town.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Triangle Equities to bring the Westin brand to the Staten Island waterfront,” said Allison Reid, SVP of development, North America Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “The brand continues to experience tremendous growth in all corners of the world due to an increasing global demand for modern design and signature programming. The Westin New York Staten Island will bring its distinctive take on well-being to the market, paving the way for future development of Starwood’s leading lifestyle brands.”
This new luxury hotel will play a big part in the revitalization of the Staten Island waterfront and promenade as an exciting new destination for New York City,” said Shawn Basler AIA, principal and executive director of Perkins Eastman, the project architect. “The design embraces the blend of the historic structures along the promenade with a sleek new tower of simplified glass, stone, and steel, which will serve as a beacon rising along the waterfront at Lighthouse Point.”
“We are at the starting point of an extraordinary project,” added Andres Escobar, Interior Designer for the project. “The interiors will be designed to respect the rich history of the waterfront, while at the same time reflecting the sophistication and urbane nature of the overall development.”
“Staten Island’s North Shore has seen a great deal of investment, including the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, and Urby at the New Stapleton Waterfront,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “We believe that the Westin, and entire Lighthouse Point project, will build on these investments to further Downtown Staten Island’s transformation as a place for residents and visitors to live, work, play and connect.”
This unique hotel offering is part of Lighthouse Point’s Phase 2, which will bring a mix of retail shops and restaurants, as well as outdoor dining and entertainment space. It will also include the rehabilitation and repurposing of the existing four historic structures and multiple underground vaults currently situated on the site, one of which, will be incorporated into amenity space for the hotel. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Triangle and its team plan to restore the property’s sense of history, while also incorporating the historic structures for modern uses. This will allow for an additional 30,000 square feet of restaurant, office and entertainment space—with the esplanade and pier sitting directly outside the space.
Currently underway, Phase 1 of the development includes the 65,000 square feet of retail and office space, along with a 12-story residential tower with 115 rental units. Additionally, over an acre of waterfront open space will be accessible to the public and can be programmed for outdoor concerts, art exhibits, food festivals, etc. The development will also include an approximately 300-space publicly accessible parking garage. Along with the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets, Lighthouse Point is a key element of the City’s ongoing effort to transform Downtown Staten Island to drive economic growth and create thousands of jobs. The rapid activation of the Staten Island waterfront will serve to support existing waterfront amenities and provide new uses to the benefit of visitors and residents alike.