Greenland Group bought a 41 percent stake in the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South from Kuwaiti investment company Al Waseet International this week, and the Chinese firm appears to be putting recently-shelved condo plans back on the table.
“The Park Lane project will be developed into a world’s top-notch luxury property project that is estimated to reach a sales income of US$3.6 billion -US $4.3 billion, with strong add value potential as well as an optimistic market outlook and investment return,” Greenland said in a statement, adding that the Hong Kong-based firm has “always been confident in the United States market.”
To meet those extraordinary sellout projections, Park Lane condos would have to sell far in excess of units at Vornado Realty Trust’s 220 Central Park South — currently slated to be the most expensive condo development in the city — or expand the size of the project. The most recent projected sellout at 220 Central Park South stood at $3.1 billion, according to an offering plan filed with the Attorney General, which translates to an average of more than $9,000 per square foot.
The apparent move back toward condos at 36 Central Park South appears to contradict recent announcements by developer Steven Witkoff, who declined to comment for this article.
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