Ten years after the city rezoned a desolate, industrial section of the South Bronx waterfront, the area is on the edge of a major transformation. The latest evidence of that change comes with an application to build a 12-story hotel at 82 Brown Place, between Bruckner Boulevard and the Harlem River freight yards.
The hotel would replace a single-story lumber warehouse at the the corner of Brown Place and East 132nd Street, not far from the strip of the river called Bronx Kill. The 129-foot-tall building would hold 133 hotel rooms, and most floors would have 12 rooms each. They’d be spread across 47,658 square feet of commercial space, for average rooms measuring 358 square feet.
Besides the front desk, the ground floor would have a breakfast area, waiting area, and an office. There would also be a parking lot for 14 cars, which seems surprisingly low for a 133-key hotel. It turns out that this property is located in a special district with dramatically reduced parking requirements. In fact, new commercial developments like hotels don’t have to build any parking at all.
The developer is Amritpal Sandhu, who’s based just beyond the Queens border in Cedarhurst. He hired Jamaica-based Akson Architects to handle the design.
Several big residential developments are planned just west of here, between the Willis Avenue and Third Avenue bridges. The Chetrit Group is building two 25-story towers, JCAL Development hopes to erect a 12-story market-rate rental on East 132nd Street, and a 25-story apartment building is headed for East 135th Street.