New Hotel Headed for 2632 West 13th Street in Gravesend

2632 West 13th Street, image via Bing Maps2632 West 13th Street, image via Bing Maps

Developers are rushing to file plans for hotels before the city’s new rules on hotel construction in manufacturing areas go into effect. The latest project we can add to the list is 2632 West 13th Street, planned deep in southern Brooklyn, in a particularly desolate part of Gravesend.

Developer Ankit Mehta, doing business as an LLC based in Great Neck, filed plans yesterday for a four-story hotel near the MTA’s Coney Island Yard. The building would reach 46 feet into the air and hold 59 rooms. They would be divided across 16,398 square feet of commercial space, for average rooms measuring just 277 square feet.

Each of the above ground floors would have 16 rooms, and the cellar would host seven rooms, a breakfast room, an office, and the lobby. There will also be a 16-car parking lot.

Borough Park-based Shining Tam Architect filed the permits.

The development site spans 16,400 square feet between Avenue Z and the elevated Belt Parkway, but the building will be relatively small because the zoning here only allows low-density industrial uses (essentially single-story warehouses and factories). Hotels are allowed as of right in M1 areas, at least for now. But the city is going to impose a special permit process, which aims to limit new hotels in industrial parts of the outer boroughs, especially non-union operations. The rules will definitely apply to industrial business zones — which are eligible for specific tax credits — but we’re not sure whether they’ll affect manufacturing zones that don’t have IBZ status, like this one in Gravesend and Coney Island.

Mehta’s LLC picked up the series of vacant lots on West 13th Street for $1,750,000 last month.

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