Back in early November there were reports about how the firm Oppenheim Architecture+Design had won some sort of design competition for a skyscraper hotel next to the landmark Williamsburgh Savings Bank. Juan Figueroa, who owns the site and is currently developing the former bank into a gallery and event space, quickly denied the reports, saying there was no way to finance the project. Permits that were recently filed with the city indicate, however, that Figueroa is at least trying to get the official OK for a tower in the spot, whether or not he’s planning on building it anytime soon. Figueroa filed an application to build a 420-foot-tall hotel with 36 stories and more than 200 rooms. The original news about the hotel was that it would be 440 feet tall and, in fact, Oppenheim isn’t named on the application: A firm called Diego Aguilera Architects that’s based in Rego Park is referred to as the applicant of record.
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