Developer plans to 'crowdfund' extended stay hotel in Manhattan

Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

February 17, 2014 |
17 John was designed by Winka Dubbeldam.

17 John, Rodrigo Nino's proposed extended stay hotel in Manhattan, will ask individual investors to provide $100,000 to fund the structure's interior.

Crowdsourcing has worked for Nino before, both in the Prodigy Group and in the Ideal City Project, which he founded. The latter is a crowdsourcing platform for solving urban issues. AKA Wall Street, a $90 million extended stay hotel, is Ideal City's latest project. 

The Prodigy Group is responsible for the BD Bacata project, a 66-story, 1.2 million-sf tower with 3,500 investors. The building will open in Bogota, Colombia, in 2015. It includes office and retail space, as well as a 364-room hotel. 

Architect Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics NL designed the 23-story 17 John project.

“We have learned that crowdfunding not only democratizes investments, it also makes projects viable that otherwise would not be possible,” Nino told Dwell. “With 17 John, we are providing real estate investment opportunities to accredited investors.

Here are Dubbeldam's latest renderings of 17 John:


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