A Sleep Inn Hotel is going up at 2590 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Amusing the Zillion reported. The Sleep Inn will have 12,989 square feet of space on a 13,000-square-foot lot.
The building will be four stories with 53 units, according to a new building application for which permits were issued in October. Based on photos from Amusing the Zillion, looks like the foundation is in and the walls are starting to rise. It will be the area’s “first new hotel in many decades,” said the blog.
A tipster sent us these photos and informed us that work had recently begun on a six-story hotel at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues in Sunset Park. The space-age-style building will have 70 units spread across 19,928 square feet of commercial space, an exercise room, breakfast area and eight outdoor parking spaces, according to new building permits issued earlier this month.
Michael Kang Architect is designing the building. An LLC bought the property for $565,000 last year and demolished a two-story brick house and a one-story garage.
We’ve included a photo of the building site after the jump. What do you think of the design of the hotel and the parking lot?
It looks like the owner of the warehouse at 233 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint intends to convert the property into a hotel, according to Brooklyn Paper and NewYorkShitty. NYS noticed last week that construction had already started and dug up the DOB permit, an alteration type 1 issued September 9. The architect of record is everyone’s favorite controversial architect, Robert Scarano, who was banned from certifying his own plans with the DOB two years ago for designing structures that circumvented building codes, including an illegal addition on the Hell Building at 333 Carroll.
The landlord, Joe Torres, has given tenants on the top two floors 30 days notice to move out, Brooklyn Paper reports. However, ground floor tenants are unsure what will happen, because Torres hasn’t notified them about moving yet. Torres also owns the Box House Hotel, about a mile away in far northern Greenpoint, which he plans to expand by adding more rooms and a restaurant. Check out another construction photo after the jump!
The Hampton Inn that has been rising at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn since early this year has finally topped out at 13 stories. The prominently positioned property will have 116 rooms when complete sometime next spring.
Brooklyn has been under-hotel’d since the 1970s, when white flight and the economy polished off the borough’s swanky hotels, where business boomed in the 1950s. Now all that is about to change, with six large and luxurious hotels in the works, plus more than a dozen smaller other hotels, as a feature in The Real Deal’s August print issue explained. It makes a whole lot of sense according to the numbers: Brooklyn has 2.5 million residents vs. Manhattan’s 1.6 million population, but only 4,000 hotel rooms compared with more than 90,000 in Manhattan. Plus of course Brooklyn is now a desirable destination for tourists as well as families visiting residents in the borough. Upcoming big projects, which we have been following for a while, include 1Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 95 Rockwell Place near the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a restored Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, and the 36-story 250-room hotel going up next to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building on Broadway in South Williamsburg.
The Department of Buildings approved plans to demolish 156 Tillary Street, the empty four-story building between Flatbush Avenue Extension and Gold Street. It is right next door to the 13-story, 116-room Hampton Inn under construction on the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension. According to DOB documents, this owners of this lot are the same owners as the Hampton Inn site. What DOB documents don’t reveal, however, is what’s rising in it’s place — these early renderings of the Hampton Inn show 156 Tillary still intact. Perhaps it’ll be parking for the hotel?
Yes, Bedwick (the intersection between Bed Stuy and Bushwick) is a thing and our friends over at Stuyshwick (that’s another way of putting it!) noticed some big development coming to the area. Demolition’s slated for the auto shop at 1090 Myrtle Avenue, off Lewis Avenue. Looks like the owners are planning on building a hotel here, although the buildings department recently disapproved plans for a 6-story, 60-room hotel this month. The permits do not reveal much in terms of architect or hotel brand. If a hotel does end up here, it’ll certainly change the look of this stretch of Myrtle.
Huge news for Clinton Hill: a developer just filed permits to convert the infamous Prince Lefferts Hotel into a seven-unit apartment building. The plans are for a “proposed alteration of an existing four-story… convert from S.R.O units to 7 residential dwelling units as per plans.” The plans do not call for any building additions. The architect on record is NYC-based DJLU Architect. A tipster sends word that the building sold but the sale has not yet shown up in public records. He also believes that the new buyer purchased the adjacent property, a brownstone, at 125 Lefferts Place. The tip checks out, considering that the same architect filed plans at No. 125 to convert the SRO units to six apartment units. (No. 125 had an entrance from the hotel through the basement, which added extra hotel rooms. The building was served with a full vacate order a few years ago.) The previous hotel owner, Moses Fried, was known for running a hotel plagued with problems, numerous building complaints, and DOB violations. The building’s just sat abandoned for several years, so this news is definitely welcome! GMAP
Another hotel is going up in Williamsburg, this one at Driggs Avenue and North 4th Street. The Pod Hotel will be the chain’s third outpost in New York (the other two are in Manhattan) and will have 200 rooms, Capital New York reported. Williamsburg is shaping up to be hotel central: This makes at least the fourth new hotel going into the neighborhood, which already has at least four others, including the Wythe Hotel and King & Grove. Designed by Garrison Architects, the Pod Hotel will be 50 feet tall with more than 100,000 square feet of space, said Curbed. It will also house retail, courtyards, a restaurant, bar, rooftop bars, and a rooftop garden. The architect is thinking of using modular construction to build the hotel, in which case it would be made of prefab 10-foot-by-30-foot components consisting of two rooms and a hall, Curbed reported. The B2 tower at Atlantic Yards is going to be 60 percent modular, potentially saving 15 percent in construction costs and four months of construction time, according to Capital New York. The downside of modular construction is that it wastes space with double ceilings and walls and can take place overseas, the story said.
Hotel Le Bleu, the trailblazing Gowanus hotel, has been put on the market for a cool $12,000,000. CPEX Real Estate is marketing the seven-story, 48-room property at 370 4th Avenue, as well as the rooftop restaurant and lounge. Here’s what the listing says: “As Brooklyn further establishes itself as a hot spot for visitors, Hotel Le Bleu provides much-needed hospitality services in the under-serviced borough. The property is also in close proximity to the newly developed Barclays Center, which is not only the home of the Brooklyn Nets, but the stage for more than 200 live events annually.” The hotel first opened back in 2007 with some eyebrow-raising nightly rates. Since then, there have been a rotating cast of restaurants on the top floor, although the rooftop lounge has been open there for the past two years or so. GMAP
Hold onto your hats because this is the biggest Brooklyn real estate news of the year: The Jehovah’s Witnesses have taken the next step in their Brooklyn divestment plan, striking a deal to sell a six-building portfolio to a joint venture that includes the Kushner Companies, RFR Holdings and LIVWRK, a new company from ex-Two Trees exec Asher Abehsera. In addition to the 30-story hotel property at 90 Sands Street, the group of buildings includes 175 Pearl Street, 55 Prospect Street, 81 Prospect Street, 77 Sands Street and 117 Adams Street for a total of 1.25 million square feet. According to the New York Post, which broke the story, the deal was signed on Friday.