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The developer of the Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn is requesting a variance from the city to build it. There will be a public hearing tonight at a meeting of Community Board 2′s Land Use Committee to consider the request. This will be the only opportunity the public will have to comment on the matter, according to a letter that went out to neighbors earlier this month (click through to see the letter).

Confusingly, the letter did not state what exactly the developer is seeking the variance for. The rumor is the developer wants to build higher than current zoning permits, and put a bar and pool on the roof, according to a tipster who sent us the letter. The neighbors are worried, our tipster said, adding, “I was excited by Ace developing the site (vs. the typical schlock hotels that tend to get developed in Downtown Brooklyn) and remain hopeful it will be a positive.”

If you want to speak at the meeting, you must call the community board district office at 718-596-5410. The meeting will take place at 6 pm tonight in Room LC400 at the Dibner Building at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 5 MetroTech Center.

The hotel will replace a parking lot, above. An application for a new building permit was disapproved in August.

Permits Filed for Brooklyn’s Ace Hotel [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps via NYY

Update: The developer would like to add density (more square feet), not height. Anyone who wishes to testify tonight can do so by signing in before the hearing, CB2 District Manager Robert Perris let us know in a comment below.

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We found this schematic for a hotel on the fence at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, a block from Whole Foods in Gowanus. Globiwest Hospitality is building the six-story boutique hotel at 399 Third Avenue, as DNAinfo reported last year. It will have 58 rooms spread across 19,127 square feet, as well as four parking spaces, an exercise room and a meeting room, according to new building permits filed a year ago. Michael Kang Architect is the architect of record.

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new-building permit has been filed for the site of the planned Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street, pictured above, in Downtown Brooklyn, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 13-story tower will feature 285 rooms distributed across 156,984 square feet, as well as a coffee shop, ground floor retail, radio station, restaurant, fitness center and event spaces. (more…)

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The Bossert will not re-open as a hotel until 2015. “Clipper Equity is excited to open a fully renovated and modernized world-class hotel in Brooklyn Heights by early next year,” a spokesman for owner David Bistricer told The Brooklyn Eagle in a written statement. The opening date has been moved at least twice, with the most recent date spring 2014. (more…)

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The first five stories of a Gene Kaufman-designed 13-story hotel have risen on the corner of Nevins and Schermerhorn streets in Downtown Brooklyn. The latest new building permits say the building at 46 Nevins will have 12 stories and 182 units but, confusingly, the accompanying Schedule A filings show 13 stories and 202 units.

The hotel will include a ground floor restaurant, meeting rooms and fitness rooms. CBCS and Barone Management are partnering to develop the project, which isn’t yet branded. We’ve included the rendering, which is fairly unexciting, after the jump.

A Rendering for the Nevins Street Hotel [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A long-delayed hotel in Greenpoint is going to open soon. Signage has gone up and the hotel has been blanketing the neighborhood with notifications about its pending liquor license and a planned rooftop bar, reported FreeWilliamsburg and Curbed.

Plans for the Scarano designed conversion of a warehouse at 233 Norman Avenue have been in the works since 2006 but were shelved for years. Then on May 8, the DOB approved a plan exam for the project. Last fall, landlord Joe Torres started evicting tenants from the building, The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time.

The 38,000-square-foot warehouse will have 58 rooms. It will be called The Henry Norman — after its two cross streets. Torres also owns the Box House Hotel, located about a mile away from the Henry Norman near the Greenpoint waterfront.

Checking In: Greenpoint Is Getting a 58-Room Hotel Conversion By Scarano [Curbed]
Enormous Henry Norman Hotel coming to Greenpoint [FreeWilliamsburg]
Photo by Free Williamsburg

A hotel development is coming to the corner of Rockaway Avenue and Sutter Avenue in Brownsville. Is this evidence that development is rolling eastward across Brooklyn or business as usual?

The hotel at 524 Rockaway Avenue will have four stories and 74 units, according to a new building application filed last week. The 13,000-square-foot building will also have an exercise room, breakfast room and laundry. The architect of record is the Sunset Park-based Shining Tam. An LLC bought the property for $385,000 in April, according to public records.

Image via Google Maps

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GFI Capital Resources is in the throes of sealing a deal with the Ace Hotel to open in downtown Brooklyn close to the Barclays Center. GFI Capital told the Commercial Observer that it has closed on a number of small properties on Bond Street near Schermerhorn with its equity partner, Spruce Capital.

An LLC buyer paid $2,000,000 for several empty lots on that corner, including 61 Bond Street, pictured above, in December in a deal that we suspect is related. Two other hotels are already rising on Schermerhorn, including an EVEN Hotel at Nevins and a Holiday Inn at 300 Schermerhorn. The president and CEO of GFI Capital is also a partner in the Ace Hotel New York, the one that’s located at 20 West 29th Street in Manhattan.

Do you think this would be a good addition to the neighborhood?

Ace Hotel Likely Coming to Downtown Brooklyn [NY Observer]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The Level Hotel being developed by Zelig Weiss at 55 Wythe Avenue in North Williamsburg will look like a Jetsons style tower above a narrow base with a well lit half block of shops below. The rendering appeared on a website of the Shopping Center Group, whose SCG-Retail is leasing out the commercial space in the as-yet-unbuilt complex.

New building permits were approved earlier this month. The applicant of record is engineer firm Salamon Engineering PLLC; if there is a separate architecture firm responsible for the design and rendering, its identity is a mystery. The rendering looks familiar to us; we’re wondering if it could have surfaced before but without an address. A big thanks to commenter FtGreeneCorey for pointing us to the rendering and the website.

The complex will include a 183-room luxury hotel and the whole thing, including retail and office space, will be 320,000 square feet, as previously reported.  The site is located between North 12th and North 13th streets. SCG-Retail is leasing 40,000 square feet of retail, including 20,000 square feet on the ground floor with ceilings 18 to 23 feet high. There will also be a 20,000 square foot rooftop farm that will be open to the public. The whole shebang is supposed to be completed this year, according to the retail listing flyer. We suspect that timetable has changed.

Click through to the jump to see more renderings and a map of notable retail in the area touted in the flyer. What do you think of the project?

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A La Quinta Inn is coming to 1229 Atlantic Avenue near Nostrand, where excavation and foundation work recently began at the large, now vacant lot on the Crown Heights/Bed Stuy border. We found this schematic on the fence after leaving the post office next door. The hotel will rise seven stories with 102 rooms, according to new building permits approved in February.

The 34,902-square-foot building will also feature four off-street parking spaces, a recreation room, lounge, meeting and conference rooms. Hotel plans have been in the works since May 2012, when an LLC snagged the 8,440-square-foot property for $1,600,000 and filed initial new building applications. Askon Architects P.C. is designing the building. The La Quinta will join a few other hotels nearby on Atlantic, including a Best Western on the other side of Nostrand, the Hotel Luxe and the Atlantic Motor Inn.

See what’s behind the fence after the jump. GMAP

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