Plenty of hotels are cropping up in the South Bronx, but new hotels rarely arrive in northern Bronx neighborhoods like Belmont or University Heights. That appears to be changing with a filing for an eight-story hotel at 4729 Third Avenue in Belmont, just south of the Fordham University campus.
New building applications filed yesterday call for an 85-foot-tall hotel on a triangular lot bounded by Park Avenue, Third Avenue, and East 188th Street. The building would have 85 rooms and 38,053 square feet of commercial space, for rooms measuring roughly 450 square feet.
Travelers’ accommodations would begin on the first floor, with six rooms, followed by 10 rooms each on the remaining stories. The first floor would host the lobby, an office, sales room, and luggage storage, and there would be basic amenities in the cellar, like a breakfast area, laundry room, fitness room, and business center.
Oddly, no parking is listed on the permit, but we suspect there will still be a parking lot.
The developer is Neelam Chadha, doing business as a corporation based in Syosset, N.Y., and he’s hired Flushing-based architect Michael Kang to handle the design.
Chadha’s corporation purchased the 7,000-square-foot property for $307,000 in 2006. Four years later, the city rezoned several blocks along Third and Tremont Avenues.
The old zoning only allowed low-density commercial uses, but the new zoning encourages mixed-use, mid-rise development with residential, commercial, and community uses. Although we would prefer to see residential development here, it’s encouraging to see any kind of new construction in this part of the Bronx. Back in July, an HPD official told YIMBY that very little new development had arrived in the five years since the mostly industrial area was rezoned.
It’s a pretty convenient location for a hotel, because it’s only a block from Fordham, the neighborhood’s major commercial strip, and a Metro-North Railroad stop. There’s also a gas station next door.
The property does have an environmental designation, which means that the owner will have to spend some money to clean it up before he can develop it. However, the cleanup standards for a hotel are a bit less rigorous than for a residential project, and that may have been a factor in the developer’s decision about what to build.
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