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New Haven’s long vacant, architectural landmark in Long Wharf to become sustainable hotel

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Work continues in New Haven to convert one of the city’s most polarizing architectural landmarks into a hotel. Today marks the official groundbreaking ceremony for Hotel Marcel New Haven

Love it or hate it, New Haven’s long vacant Pirelli building is on its way to becoming a hotel.

The architectural masterpiece, or eyesore, depending who you ask is just one part of what will be a transformation for New Haven’s Long Wharf area.

“This building is iconic. There’s 140,000 cars a day that drive past the building,” said Bruce Becker, Architect & Developer.

“I’ve been going by this building for 20 years waiting for someone to have the vision,” said Jeff Hubbard, Senior VP, Liberty Bank.

A new chapter for the Pirelli building, and a new name. Once complete, the Hotel Marcel will be the first net zero energy hotel in the United States.

“We’re breaking new ground with the future in a model for sustainable hospitality,” said Becker.

Looking to the future with a nod at the past — the hotel’s name refers to the building’s architect, Marcel Breuer. The project is also expected to bring a number of jobs to the New Haven area.

“There will be more than 40 full-time employees and several hundred construction jobs, so we are boosting the economy at a time when it’s badly needed,” said Becker.

Nearby businesses are also looking forward to having another hotel along Long Wharf.

“It’s not a rebirth of Long Wharf, it’s an addition to what’s already happening between Jordan’s, between IKEA, there’s a vibrancy and a dynamic attitude in New Haven right now,” said Hubbard.

The new Hotel Marcel will have 165 rooms. Construction is expected to wrap up by next summer.

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