The proposed East New York rezoning is already drawing new development near Broadway Junction, like a new hotel planned at 100 New Jersey Avenue in Cypress Hills, the northern swath of East New York near the cemeteries.
A new building application was filed yesterday for the five-story hotel, which would rise on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and Fulton Street, in the shadow of the J train tracks. This stretch of Fulton is set to be upzoned from low-density industrial uses (C8-2) to a much broader kind of commercial zoning (C4-4L) that would encourage taller buildings, retail uses like theaters and department stores, and hotels.
The building would have 40 rooms divided across 13,990 square feet of commercial space, for fairly small rooms averaging 349 square feet. The first floor would host a lobby and office, topped by 10 rooms per floor on the second through fifth floors.
There would also be a 1,377-square-foot parking lot with nine spaces, and laundry, storage and a breakfast area in the cellar. This hotel will likely be a limited service hotel, like most that have popped up in the last few years along Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights and East New York.
If de Blasio’s new zoning plan is approved, this property’s development rights would double, and a building as tall as 80 feet could rise on the property. Since the DOB can take several months to approve a project, this particular developer might be banking on the rezoning process, which is set to begin in September.
The owner, an LLC based in New Hyde Park, paid $1,710,000 for three large neighboring sites on New Jersey and Pennsylvania Avenues in 2012. Each one is vacant and measures between 9,000 and 10,000 square feet, which would allow nearly 40,000 square feet of development per lot under the new zoning.
It looks like a seven-story hotel is already in the works for one of these plots, at 27 Pennsylvania Avenue, also on the corner of Fulton. It will have 60 rooms and 14 parking spots, according to permits issued in April.
Flushing-based engineer Thee Sun Kien is the applicant of record for both permits.