Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MAJORS BID FOR JAVITS By LOIS WEISS - Business - New York Post Online Edition 

MAJORS BID FOR JAVITS By LOIS WEISS - Business - New York Post Online Edition

The Javits Center might have a neighbor on the West Side, in a neighbor. Lois Weiss has the story.

THREE qualified bids to develop a convention hotel opposite the Javits Center were received on Friday by the Empire State Development Corp.

The hopefuls and hotel partners are The Moinian Group with Marriott International, Extell Development with Hyatt, and Austin, Texas-based Faulkner with Hilton.

"The bids are still being evaluated," said spokesman A.J. Carter yesterday.

Michael Petralia, the new president of the New York City Convention Center Development Corp., the state agency supervising the Javits expansion, is one of several people expected to evaluate the bids.

The hotel itself is to be developed on the entire Eleventh Ave. block between 35th and 36th streets.

Joseph Moinian, who is also constructing a Downtown W Hotel with 217 rooms, 64 suites and 158 residences, is planning a much larger hotel for the convention headquarters facility.

Sources said The Marriott would be a 70-story, 1,400-room hotel designed by architecture firm Gensler with two ballrooms that have a total capacity of 5,000 for dinner. It would be the largest in the city.

Marriott Chairman and CEO Bill Marriott has also been very involved in its design.

Coincidentally, Moinian also owns the entire block directly to the site's south where he can build up to a 2 million-foot mixed-use project.

Neither he nor Extell's Gary Barnett returned calls by press time. Faulkner reps declined to discuss their proposal.


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