A luxury hotel in The Bronx? That's exactly what Simone Development Cos. has proposed, announcing that Marriott has signed an agreement to operate a Residence Inn as the centerpiece of the developer's new Metro Center Atrium mixed-use project.
Metro Center Atrium is a 370,000-square-foot office-retail-hotel complex that Simone Development, which is headquartered in The Bronx, is constructing as the latest addition to its 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center campus.
The new Marriott at Metro Center Atrium will be the first luxury hotel to open in the Bronx. The 125-room extended-stay hotel is scheduled to open in 2014.
New York City Council Member James Vacca said the announcement "is a great day for the Bronx," which began a long economic decline in the 1960s but is starting to see the tendrils of resurgence.
"We welcome Marriott as the borough’s first hotel with open arms and hope it is the signal of even more great things to come," Vacca said. "We already have beautiful parks, the best zoo in the nation, the Yankees, and a PGA tour worthy golf course under construction in Ferry Point Park."
Located in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, Metro Center Atrium will also feature three floors of office and medical space, as well as retail and restaurant opportunities and more than 1,100 parking spaces.
Privately held Simone owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island and Connecticut including more than 100 properties and ranging from office parks to retail and industrial space.