A luxury hotel is starting to rise in Crown Heights.
Work has begun on the Bedford Hotel, a five-story, 38,000-square-foot development at 1550 Bedford Avenue at the corner of Eastern Parkway. Located less than three blocks from the Brooklyn Museum, the complex replaces a Gulf gas station.
The foundation is in place and walls are rising. In the center of the site, concrete walls and arches are going up inside wood forms.
When complete, they will frame what will eventually be a central courtyard with a shallow reflecting pool. Renderings, first released in December 2017, show a slanted roof and terraces above that will overlook the public area.
In the rear of the construction site, next to Union Street, some walls for the ground-floor story are already in place. Just beyond, the tops of arched wooden forms for the concrete arches are visible.
The arches, which will be repeated inside rooms finished in pale oak, reference the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at nearby Grand Army Plaza, ODA told DesignBoom in 2018. The hotel will be constructed of concrete mixed with black dye, the company said.
According to DOB permits, the hotel will have 100 rooms, a banquet hall in the cellar, retail and restaurant spaces on the ground floor, and a public terrace with a bar on the fifth floor with access to the roof. There will be parking for bikes but not for cars.
The Bedford-Union Armory, the site of a controversial development, is diagonally across the street.
The developer on the project is All Year Management, which purchased the site for $7.2 million in 2014, according to property records. They previously worked on a number of projects with ODA, including 123 Melrose Street (aka 28 Stanwix Street) in Bushwick, part of the former Rheingold Brewery complex.
[All photos by Craig Hubert unless otherwise noted]
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