Developers have been rushing to build hotels in Brooklyn’s priciest manufacturing zone, North Williamsburg, and now they’re looking further afield in the sleepy industrial borderlands of Bushwick and Ridgewood.
The owner of a scrap metal recycling business at 25 Stewart Avenue, on the corner of Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, has filed a new building application to construct a nine-story hotel on the property. The 115-foot-tall development will have medical offices on the second floor, and the hotel rooms or amenities will take up the rest of the building.
There will be 140 hotel rooms spread across 79,798 square feet of commercial space, for an average room of 569 square feet. Twenty hotel rooms will occupy each floor from the third through the ninth story, followed by a roof deck on the top floor. The cellar will host a bar and lounge, and lobbies for the hotel and medical offices will be located on the ground floor.
The hotel will also have an outdoor plaza and a parking lot with room for 66 cars. That public plaza and 14,500 square feet of community facility space—the medical offices—allow the owner to build bigger than the site’s low-density manufacturing zoning would normally allow.
Overall, the complex will span 94,000 square feet on a 40,000-square-foot lot. Demolition applications have already been filed to knock down the property’s current occupant, which is a single-story industrial building.
Engineer David Salamon applied for the new building permit.
James Ruggiero has owned the scrap metal recycling facility since 2004, and public records show that someone else in his family first acquired it in 1998. The new building application lists Ruggiero as the owner, but the demo permit reveals that Zelig Weiss of Riverside Developers may be involved.