Back in 2003, Sal Faraone helped open the Brooklyn Motor Inn on Hamilton Avenue in industrial Red Hook, above an entrance to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. “‘People come in and say, ‘Is it dangerous, this neighborhood?'” he told the Times. “They don’t know it’s up and coming.”
Now, Faraone hopes to build another hotel in a forlorn industrial area. He’s filed plans for a four-story inn at 110 South Bridge Street in Richmond Valley, Staten Island. The 53-foot-tall building would rise next to a ramp to the Outerbridge Crossing, which links the south shore of Staten Island with Perth Amboy, N.J.
The hotel would host 80 rooms across 25,341 square feet of commercial space, for rooms averaging 316 square feet. The first floor would have 17 rooms and a lobby, followed by 21 rooms on each of the upper floors. The cellar would offer a few amenities, including a gym and a coffee bar/lounge.
Rampulla Associates Architects, who are based in New Dorp on the other side of Staten Island, will design the hotel.
The area is zoned for low-density industrial uses, but hotels are allowed as-of-right. Since the lot is large at 25,340 square feet, the hotel can be built up to about that square footage.
It’s unclear who actually owns the lot, because Staten Island’s public records aren’t integrated into New York City’s public records system, ACRIS, with the other four boroughs. Apparently the island is the only borough that didn’t merge its public records with the citywide Department of Finance in 1944, and the Richmond County Clerk’s Office refused to use ACRIS because it would involve raising the fees for people filing deeds or mortgages, according to the Staten Island Advance.