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The units in the Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium planned for 246 Spring Street will have large bathrooms and open kitchenettes with refrigerators, sinks and dishwashers but no ranges, according to a new brochure for the project.

The 454-foot-high project will have 410 hotel condominium units and three presidential suites.

A 740-square-foot one-bedroom unit with one-and-a-half baths will have a living room that measures 15 feet 8 inches by 12 feet, a "guest room" that measures 14 feet 9 inches by 11 feet 6 inches and a main bathroom that measures 9 feet 5 inches by 15 feet 11 inches.

A 532-square-foot studio unit has a "guest room" that measures 16 feet 10 inches by 13 feet 6 inches and a bathroom that measures 16 feet 6 inches by 8 feet 9 inches.

Purchase prices, which are not yet available, of the rooms includes furnishings that will be designed by David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group that includes "leather-cushioned custom designed beds with full-height headboard," marble flooring in entryways, two-person tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers, "a bar area set in contemporary wood-veneer cabinets, "discrete appliances," and "the latest technology is also included with a flat-screen television, DVD and CD players and connections for high-speed Internet access." Purchasers will also have in each unit a private locked closet to keep personal belongings between stays and a safe.

Purchasers will have 24-hour room service, access to the fitness center and space, and "may also enjoy evening turndown service, garment care" and concierge service.

The brochure indicates that the project is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2008 and it will be part of the reservation system of The Leading Hotels of the World.

The project has been very controversial because some civic and community activists have argued that it is not a transient hotel but a residential hotel that, they maintain, is not allowed in manufacturing zones and that its height is not in context with the neighborhood.

The building would be the tallest between Madison Square and the Civic Center in Lower Manhattan.

According to Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Department of Buildings is planning to issue a permit to Bayrock/Sapir LLC, a partnership of the Bayrock Group, Tamir Sapir and Donald Trump for the project. City records indicate that the permit has not yet been issued.

Mr. Berman recently said he learned of the pending decision by the Department of Buildings from locally elected officials who have been in discussions with the department and involved in negotiations over a "restrictive covenant" for the property that would require the developers to agree that owners would stay in their "condo hotel units" for 100 to 150 days a year.

Mr. Berman said that the convenant is "just a fig leaf to cover-up the decision" that he said does not translate to transient hotel "on its face." He indicated that his organization "is looking at all options, including legal."

The Zoning and Housing Committee of Community Board 2 voted unanimously last July to urge the city not to issue permits for the project.

The project's site is zoning for manufacturing, which permits "transient" hotels, but not "residential" hotels.

The tower would be the tallest between Lower Manhattan and Madison Square Park.

The project have an outdoor swimming pool on the top floor of the its five-story base, a Cornelia Spa, a restaurant and catering facility.

The project has frontage on Spring, Varick and Dominick Streets and is not far from the Holland Tunnel and the Hudson River Park.

The proposed project is close to several new residential condominium projects to the west on Spring Street.
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Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.