The mystery that surrounds the historic Trinity Auditorium continues (like its mysterious cousin the Hotel Clark near Pershing Square). New York-based Chetrit Group, who owns the Trinity located at 9th/Grand, has mostly shied away from media providing little information about future development plans for the historic edifice (once destined to become the Gansevoort West Hotel from NY’s Meatpacking District). We all know that it still involves a hotel project, but we have no idea what the timeline is or what it’s going to look like, etc. But little by little, some information has been revealed overtime that provides a somewhat clearer picture of what’s happening at the Trinity. For instance, in 2011 signs pointed to a King & Grove Hotel as the potential new brand for the Trinity. Then in 2012, a Notice of Public Hearing said the Trinity would actually be named “Empire Hotel” and would come with 183 rooms and a rooftop pool and bar. Now just this week, the plywood that boarded up the windows along the sidewalk, for what seemed like an eternity, has been removed revealing new windows behind.
Construction crews were seen yesterday working on the ground floor polishing the windows and metal doors. Because the windows are now fully exposed, anyone walking by can see inside the lobby, which is still pretty much an empty and unfinished concrete shell. However, there is reason to believe that the upper floors are probably much further along than the lobby because, again, when you walk by the Trinity at night along 9th Street, some upper floor windows are lit up from the inside where you can clearly see new wallpaper and sconces against the wall in the hallway. Also, brand new mattresses have been delivered this week and a few spotted being stored in the lobby, which means the rooms are taking shape. But then again, new mattresses were seen stored in Chetrit Group’s other hotel project, Hotel Clark, in Oct 2011 and that’s still not open to this day.
But something tells me we’re closer now to finding out what’s going on with the Trinity Auditorium than ever before.