High-Rise Hotel Developer Holds Community Meeting

On December 8, 2017, Gateway residents Irene and Al Glassgold and GGTA President Bill Hannan attended a “pre-application” meeting at architect Jeffrey Heller’s office about the proposed hotel and condominiums at 447 Battery Street at the corner of Merchant, where Cort Furniture Rental is now. (There had been a previous get-acquainted meeting on March 18.)

Rob Canepa was there for his family, who own the property. Project drawings and plans were visible, as was a small model of the proposed 19-story building including 8 stepped-back condominium units on the top floors.

Jeffrey Heller spoke informally and answered questions. The existing 3-story brick building will be demolished. The new building will be 200 feet tall, which complies exactly with the existing height limit. The hotel will have 182 rooms. The Canepa family will occupy one or more of the 8 condos. There will be 24 underground parking spaces. 

Mr. Heller said the hotel entrance will be on the Merchant Street side, and a restaurant will be on Battery. The owners will pay to widen the Merchant Street sidewalk, which the City is expected to approve.

Drawings show a light-colored stone-and-glass building including a massive glasswork insert, and also multiple windows set into a stone framework. Heller said the stone will be “like limestone.” The drawings show various shapes for the glass insert and the window openings, including irregular rectangles instead of a uniform window pattern. The stepped-back profile of the condominiums on the top floors decreases the bulk of the building. No renderings were provided for publication.

Bill checked a box on a sign-in sheet asking for a copy of the plans. If he receives any plans, he will make them available, and take them to future board meetings of the GGTA and Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association.