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Waldorf Astoria condo conversion costs skyrocket to $2B

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Costs have gotten so uncontrolled that a minimum of one real estate honcho is testing of this storied stay.

Manhattan’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s slow conversion, which can add 375 condos, is now running years behind schedule and proving massively costlier than initially anticipated, in line with the Wall Street Journal.

The project was alleged to be accomplished by 2021, but is now a minimum of two years behind and so egregiously over budget that a principle person overseeing the project quit last week. 

The US chief executive of the hotel’s owner, the Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group Co., which bought the Waldorf for a record-breaking $1.95 billion in 2015 — suddenly exited the project late last month, to shock of a few of its Recent York staff.

The condo conversion is trying to be of record-breaking cost and complexity.Corbis via Getty Images

Work on the shuttered hotel may proceed into 2024 and costs are anticipated to run to over $2 billion, insiders told the publication. Combined with the acquisition price, which means the project may cost greater than $4 billion in total, giving it the dubious honor of being some of the expensive hotel to condo conversion projects of all time. 

The pandemic has been removed from helpful to developers, who’ve faced supply chain issues and a dearth of foreign buyers. 

“Now we don’t just have Covid, which individuals have gotten used to, we’ve got war. Inflation. Rising rates of interest. And China is all the other way up,” luxury real estate agent Donna Olshan told the Journal, noting that the Waldorf didn’t report any sales to her firm this week. “Once you put that cocktail together, that may be daunting for a developer.”

The brand new units start at $1.8 million for a studio, and residents have separate entrances from the 375 hotel suite guests, in addition to separate amenities including the Park Avenue-overlooking Starlight Pool. 

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