5/9/2007 4:00 PM
I had the unique opportunity, recently, to view the model apartments in
the Plaza Hotel, which is still under renovation as a private residence
and hotel combo. The 1,600-square-foot apartments, which are fetching
$6-million minimum, provided amazing views of Central Park and an
amenities package designed and integrated by Concierge Direct of New
Rochelle, New York.
Systems Contractor News
editor Kirsten Nelson originally wrote about
this ongoing project, when it was first announced last summer http://resmagonline.com/articles/publish/article_1353.shtml
This was the first time, however, that any of us were able to see what
the finished interiors will look like. Led on the tour by Nicholas
DeClemente, director of operations for Concierge Direct, I was shown
AMX in-wall and countertop touch panels that were programmed with Plaza
script directing future residents of the luxury apartment to various
services provided by the historic high-rise and surrounding businesses.
|Concierge Direct's Nicholas DeClemente|
The plan is to connect the concierge package not only to the hotels
valet, but also to participating parking garages, noteworthy NYC
restaurants, and boutiques in the Plazas planned lower-level shopping
concourse. In-ceiling and freestanding speakers will also adorn the
Plaza apartments of the rich and famous, thats not the big story. The
bigger story is that Concierge Direct is banking its whole future on
working with high-end MDU (multi-dwelling unit) projects with
developers in New York City and surrounding areas.
Its a business plan that has been several years in the making and may
soon finally begin to pay off, according to DeClemente. The dapper
DeClemente, dressed in Italian suit and tie, smiles when I make the
comment about how his income status is about to change when these
apartments finally start getting finished. Lets hope so, he says.
Two other projects, including the Stanhope (across from New Yorks
Metropolitan Museum of Art), are also underway for Concierge Direct.
So, it appears that the companys aggressive business plan is about to
I plan on reporting in greater detail about this project when it
reaches completion in October. At that time, Ill find out how
profitable this new approach to high-end custom installation worked for
Concierge Direct and what can be applied to other markets around the
|The Plaza's view of Central Park in Spring|