The Sunset Park waterfront in Brooklyn is one of New York’s last true industrial zones. Part of warehouse-lined shoreline has been developed into a park, and the World War I-era Bush Terminal complex has been transformed into office space for creative and tech companies. But as one travels south toward the Brooklyn Army Terminal, there are still trucking companies, construction supply businesses, paint manufacturers, and auto repair shops.
And like every other up-and-coming industrial zone in this city, hotels are slowly replacing small commercial businesses there. YIMBY recently spotted plans for a mixed-use hotel and medical office building at 4913 Second Avenue, on the corner of 50th Street.
The nine-story project would replace an auto body shop. It would be pretty evenly divided between commercial and community facility space. The hotel would occupy 20,027 square feet, and medical space would fill 22,575 square feet.
The first two floors would go to lobbies and an 18-car garage, which zoning requires for both the hotel and medical offices. The next two stories would hold the medical facilities, and 70 hotel rooms would be stacked on top. The cellar would have a meeting room, laundry, breakfast lounge, and fitness room for the hotel.
If the developer chose not to include the medical offices, the building would be just 20,000 square feet. But the medical offices are community facilities, which function like a zoning bonus, especially in industrial areas with restrictive manufacturing zoning.
The developer is Yi Hui Rong, of the Dyker Heights-based Taishan Assocation, and he’s hired Flushing-based architect Chang Hwa Tan to handle the design.
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