Work on Hotel Chelsea renovation comes to a halt

Work to convert the fabled Hotel Chelsea in New York from a rent-stabalized residential building into a boutique hotel has come to a stop after, as DNAinfo reports, the former owners requested the cancellation of all Department of Buildings permits for the work.

The permits for the renovation were held by the Chetrit Group, which sold the building to King & Grove in August. But Chetrit withdrew the permits on December 20, and the Department of Buildings stopped all construction at the site the next day.

A spokeswoman for King & Grove said the permit issue was the result of a clerical oversight, but work has still not re-commenced. King & Grove has applied for new permits and hopes the Department of Buildings will issue them within the next week, a spokeswoman told DNAinfo.

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Further, the stop-work order came as King & Grove made a complete break from the Chetrit Group. King & Grove reportedly fired Gene Kaufman, the original architect behind the renovation that started in 2011, and brought in Marvel Architects to redesign the overhaul.

The weekslong delay in construction should not significantly push back the Chelsea's re-opening as a hotel. The spokeswoman said it was on target to reopen to the public by mid-2015.

 

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