Permits Filed: 1462 Atlantic Avenue, Crown Heights Hotel

1462 Atlantic Avenue, image from Google Maps1462 Atlantic Avenue, image from Google Maps

Building hotels in manufacturing zones, which allow all commercial uses, is big business in New York City, with de facto hotel zones popping up in the Garment District, north of Long Island City, and Sunset Park.

So it was only a matter of time before the trend reached Atlantic Avenue, on the border between Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy. On Friday, Flushing-based architect Michael Kang filed plans to build a five-story, 59-key hotel – likely a budget brand – at 1462 Atlantic Avenue, on the south side of the street between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues.

The hotel would rise down the street from a seven-story, 102-key La Quinta Inn currently under construction at 1229 Atlantic, a prime site near the corner with Nostrand.

If the zoning remains non-residential, it’s easy to envision Atlantic Avenue being thickly built out with budget lodgings, as Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights continue to gentrify and gain respectability with travelers. But on the other hand, it may only be a matter of time until de Blasio’s housing team targets the area for a rezoning to incentivize affordable housing production. (Atlantic Avenue was mentioned as a prime candidate for higher-density, mixed-use development in de Blasio’s housing plan issued last year, albeit along the stretch in East New York, east of Bed-Stuy.)

But for now, hotelier Milan Patel appears to be going forward with the hotel project, which appears to be the first filed under the new 2014 building code, which became compulsory at the beginning of this year.

The hotel will rise 56 feet and contain nearly 16,000 square feet of commercial space, and will have seven open air parking spaces. Wedged between a few row homes and an auto body garage, in the shadow of the Long Island Rail Road’s elevated tracks, the site is currently home to an unmarked one-story warehouse.

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