About a decade ago, much of Fourth Avenue in Park Slope and South Slope — from Flatbush Avenue down to 24th Street — was rezoned to allow developers to build housing. For a crucial Brooklyn corridor above a four-track subway, the upzoning was desperately needed (and arguably didn’t go far enough, allowing dense development only within 100 feet of the avenue).
But south of 24th Street, Fourth Avenue still retains its industrial zoning. There’s no more manufacturing along Fourth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, with the strip instead populated by warehouses, wholesalers, auto body shops, and non-conforming residential buildings, erected before the 1961 straitjacket of a zoning code froze out new housing.
With little demand for industrial space and no zoning for housing, land owners are building the only thing they reasonably can: budget hotels.
Building Consulting Engineering, with a portfolio full of projects in Park Slope, Greenwood Heights and Sunset Park, filed a building permit today for a new hotel at 822 Fourth Avenue. Developed by Sunset Park-based Signature Management Enterprises, the structure should have 72 rooms, and will include a community facility space of a bit more than 20,000 square feet.
The building should reach 98 feet into the air, with nine stories. The site, on the northwestern corner of Fourth Avenue and 29th Street, is currently a vacant lot.
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