Hotels are cropping up all over Williamsburg and Bushwick, but over the weekend, we spotted plans for a six-story hotel in a rather unusual spot – on Broadway in Bed-Stuy, next to the border with Bushwick. The 65-foot-tall building would rise at 1200 Broadway, between Lafayette Avenue and Van Buren Street.
The project would bring 89 rooms and 37,372 square feet of commercial space to the neighborhood near the Kosciuszko Street stop on the J train. It will probably be a budget hotel, because we can’t image guests will be willing to pay premium prices to stay next to the rattling, elevated subway tracks in central Brooklyn.
Plans call for a lobby, nine rooms and retail on the ground floor, followed by 16 rooms per story through the sixth floor. The cellar would hold storage space for four bikes, offices, a laundry room, and an exercise room.
There won’t be any parking. At least none is listed on the permits. Thanks to the Bed-Stuy North rezoning in 2012, parking isn’t required for hotels there. This block was also upzoned from C8-2 – which encourages low density, auto-oriented uses – to C4-4L, which allows larger, mixed-use developments.
The developer is Moris Yero-Shalmi, heading an LLC based in Great Neck, and he’s hired Robert Bianchini’s ARC Architecture + Design to serve as the architect of record. The Forest Hills-based firm has designed several small projects in Bed-Stuy, including a condo building on Decatur Street and a four-unit development on Halsey Street. They’re also working on a 20-story hotel in Long Island City.
The property was home to two garages, and the Department of Buildings approved demolition permits to tear them down in June. The 9,355-square-foot development site last changed hands for $2.1 million in January 2014.