Convene, the New York City-based developer of meeting venues, has announced a new flagship developed in conjunction with The Durst Organization, adding roughly 36,000 square feet to its New York City portfolio. The Midtown Manhattan property at 114 West 47th Street will host up to 500 people across a broad range of room types. Its largest room, The Forum, will accommodate up to 320 people classroom-style and will be the biggest room in the Convene portfolio.
"We heard over and over again in the focus groups we conduct how difficult it is to find a great place for a 500-person meeting in Manhattan," said Chris Kelly, president and cofounder of Convene. "We heard it enough times that we are now developing this venue. This entire facility is dedicated to hosting one group at a time."
Opening in September, the day conference center will have its own entrance on West 46th Street and will offer a boutique café in the lobby.
Convene has two other New York City projects in the works: a facility at 780 Third Avenue, debuting in May, and a facility at 237 Park Ave., near Grand Central Station, set to open in June. The company's four existing local properties are at 730 Third Ave., 32 Old Slip, 101 Park Ave. and 810 Seventh Ave.
"We are also in conversation about new locations in Chicago, Boston, and New York," adds Kelly.
In February, Convene acquired meeting venue The Hub in Philadelphia, and operates 1800 Tysons Blvd in Tysons Corner, Va.