North Bergen, N.J.-based Nehalkumar Gandhi has filed applications for a 13-story, 48-key hotel at 79 Eldridge Street, on the Lower East Side. The structure will measure 19,279 square feet. The ground floor will host the hotel lobby and a reception area, and hotel rooms will be located through the 12th floor. Individual hotel rooms should average 310 square feet apiece. On the 13th floor, there will be 1,243 square feet of space for a community facility. Amenities include a fitness center and bike storage. Michael Kang’s Flushing-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The filings come after a different developer submitted plans in March for a slightly smaller hotel. That one would have contained 10 stories and 38 hotel rooms. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently vacant.
Brooklyn and Queens may already have more hotel rooms than they need, but developers keep building hotels in Long Island City. Last week’s crop of filings brought plans for a five-story hotel at 38-23 38th Street, between 38th and 39th avenues in the Dutch Kills section of the neighborhood.
In November, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the lifting and reconfiguration of the landmarked Palace Theater at 1564 Broadway. Now, thanks to EB-5 documents, we have full renderings of what the DoubleTree Hotel site surrounding it will look like once the redevelopment is finished.
The Resorts World Casino is proposing to expand their two-story, 330,000-square-foot building — located on the grounds of the Aqueduct Racetrack at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, in South Ozone Park, Queens — by roughy 420,000 square feet. The expansion would include an additional 1,000 video lottery terminals, a 400-key hotel, a 20,000-square-foot spa & resort, and at least 140,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, the Wall Street Journal reported. The expansion would be built immeadiately west of the existing casino, where a parking lot is currently located. The proposal would also leave room for the expanded facility to be further expanded with even more retail and casino spaces. The plans must be approved by the Franchise Oversight Board and the New York State Gaming Commission. With proper approvals, completion is expected in early 2019. The casino is connected to the A train’s Aqueduct Racetrack stop via a pedestrian bridge.
Yesterday, we told you about a hotel coming to a commercially zoned patch of western Crown Heights. Now, YIMBY has spotted plans for another hotel in the midst of a residential area, but this one is headed for the border between Ocean Hill and Brownsville in eastern Brooklyn. Developer Nehalkumar Gandhi has filed building applications for a six-story hotel at 1668 Eastern Parkway, at the corner of Prospect Place.