Gregory Peck and Matt Moss: They Was Just Frontin'
Cooper Square Hotel, September 2007.
A while back we wrote about how hotelier Gregory Peck was definitely still involved in the Cooper Square Hotel project but as we did, we noticed some obvious cracks in the friendship/work relationship with co-developer Matt Moss.
We couldn't get Matt Moss to speak with us and even verifying the Peck-Moss partnership with Moss' people was somewhat of a struggle. Nevertheless, we learned that Peck was still in on an ownership level and that Cooper Square would be opening sometime in April 2008.
But then we received a tip from HotelChatter reader Low Pro who says that Matt Moss is pursuing another partnership with Cooper Square's general manager Klaus Ortlieb.
I know for a fact that Matt Moss and Klaus Ortlieb were pursuing a deal here in NYC under the company name of MK Hotels. According to a friend who went to Penn with Moss, they are planning on pursuing deals on the strength of Klaus' reputation with Andre [Balazs] and THOR and Matt's experience first with Related and then as a strip mall developer in Long Island.
As for what's happened between Moss and Peck, Low Pro says its a united front strictly for the hotel opening but that they are not partners anymore. Who knows if Low Pro's info is spot on, but if it is, it sure does fill in some holes. Either way, don't expect anymore hotels from PeckMoss ever again.
As for MKHotels, we already found a website under that name but its for Molinaro Koger and they offer hotel real estate advisory and brokerage services. So we're thinking whatever MK Hotels deals are going on are probably still in the pipe dream stage.
· Gregory Peck Talks Cooper Square [HotelChatter]