Board of Standards & Appeals Unanimously Approves Bossert Hotel Conversion

On Tuesday January 8, the Board of Standards & Appeals unanimously ruled to approve a request for variance to change the Certificate of Occupancy at the Bossert Hotel for transient hotel use, accessory hotel use and commercial use at 98 Montague Street. That means that following its sale last year by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit for $81 million, it’s a go to convert it (back) into a high-end hotel property.

The new owners have their eye on 280 rooms, a rooftop restaurant and terrace, and a ground floor restaurant and meeting rooms.

So much for the concerns of some residents at 200 Hicks Street who expressed concern last May that the conversion would “create serious noise, traffic and safety issues” in the vicinity. (Photo: CT)

This piece has been revised by the publisher since initial posting.

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  • Mr. Crusty

    I look forward to my first martini on the roof gazing upon an orange sunset over the New York skyline. And I’ll try to be real quiet and not upset the residents of 200 Hicks Street.

  • Ytsaeb

    This is going to be great!

  • C.

    any idea when this will be completed?

  • Gerry

    This will change the area no doubt lets hope its for the better.

  • T. S.

    Why you put “concerned residents” (of 200 Hicks Street) in quotation marks and characterized their objections as “squawking” only serves to illustrate that there is no attempt to report anything on this blog with any objectivity. (I know the purpose of blogs but come on, be reasonable). How short sighted can you be. Not one of you is permitted to complain about the traffic, garbage, and yes, noise that is sure to be a result.

  • Homer Fink

    TS – noted.

  • Andrew Porter

    The Marine Roof was open to the outside in the days before air conditioning, but nowadays, with jet airplanes—and helicopters!—overhead, it will surely be enclosed.

    They’re already working on interior demolition. I saw cartloads full of suspended ceiling material being loaded onto trucks on the Hicks Street side of the building. And the noise!

    There is none.

  • Wiley E.

    Yeah, some of the interior is already exiting the Bossert via the Hicks Street service doors. Someone is already making money.