Hotel construction is heating up fast in the South Bronx, and thanks to a YIMBY reader, we have a look at two projects going up in Mott Haven near the Harlem River waterfront. The first is an nine-story hotel at 500 Exterior Street, which fills a long-empty lot between Exterior Street and Gerard Avenue along 146th Street, next to the Major Deegan Expressway.
The hotel’s 69 rooms will be spread across 31,831 square feet of residential space, with up to eight rooms per floor. The average room will be about 461 square feet. There will also be nine parking spots in an underground garage and a parking lot with space for 20 cars, slightly more than required by zoning.
Permits list the developer as Floral Park-based Harshad Patel, and the architect as Michael Kang. Construction is expected to finish in April 2016.
Moving a little further south, a four-story Comfort Inn is growing at 2477 Third Avenue, on a block-long site bordered by Third Avenue, Rider Avenue and East 135th and 136th Streets. It’ll rise 56 feet into the air and house 84 rooms, distributed across 37,194 square feet. The first floor will also have a covered parking area with 22 spaces.
The steel structure has topped out, and walls are up to the third floor. Architect Raymond Chan is designing it, and Long Island-based Bharat Patel is listed as the owner. Patel paid $4,500,000 for the large property back in 2009, or roughly $60 per buildable square foot.
Both of these projects are happening thanks to a 2009 rezoning that transformed a large swath of Mott Haven from low-density manufacturing to a medium-density residential and commercial area. And the Exterior Street hotel sits right on the edge of the Special Harlem River Waterfront District, which the city has promised $200 million to help revitalize.
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