The hotelification of Sunset Park continues apace, with a small four-story, 41-room hotel planned for 4410 Third Avenue between 44th and 45th streets, in the shadow of the Gowanus Expressway.
4410 Third Avenue will be designed by Michael Kang, and is his second project filed on Friday, along with another hotel on Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights. The application indicates that rather that razing the old three-story tenement-turned-commercial building, the structure will be revamped into a four-story hotel, with the same 14,000 square feet of floorspace according to the filing. The property is technically overbuilt according to its current zoning, so razing the structure entirely would have lost the developer valuable square feet of development rights.
The development indicates quite a turnaround for Third Avenue, which was left for dead when Robert Moses converted the unsightly elevated train with an unbearable seven-lane highway (perhaps why the old walk-up was converted to commercial use in the first place).
Qui Lai Liu, who appears to have picked up the property in 2003 for $1.1 million, will be developing.
The retail space on the ground floor will be eliminated and turned into a hotel lobby and 10 guest rooms, according to the filing, with another dozen each on the second and third floors, and seven on the fourth.
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