Red Hook was severely damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and few residential developers have been willing to touch the transit-starved Brooklyn neighborhood. But commercial projects are alive and well among the 19th century warehouses, from Est4te Four’s big office complex to a factory-to-office conversion on Van Brunt Street. Now new building applications have surfaced for a five-story hotel at 411 Van Brunt Street, only a block from the waterfront.
The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.
Developers are rushing to file plans for hotels before the city’s new rules on hotel construction in manufacturing areas go into effect. The latest project we can add to the list is 2632 West 13th Street, planned deep in southern Brooklyn, in a particularly desolate part of Gravesend.
Construction kicked off in late 2014 on a 17-story, 151-key hotel planned at 444 Tenth Avenue, between West 34th and 35th Streets in Midtown’s Hudson Yards neighborhood. Since then, the 63,700 square-foot building has topped out and received a good chunk of its façade, as seen in photos by Tectonic. Window installation and construction on the project’s 4,768 square feet of ground-floor retail is currently underway. A restaurant will also operate on the ground floor and a fitness room will be located in the cellar. Aufgang Architects designed the building, YYY Development is building it and completion is expected in the spring of 2016.
Tennessee-based Chartwell Hospitality has filed applications for two hotel buildings that would rise on the roughly 80,000 square-foot parking lot immediately east of the Hilton New York JFK Airport, located at 144-02 135th Avenue in South Jamaica. The larger hotel planned is an 11-story, 362-key building measuring 158,892 square feet in total. Rooms would average 439 square feet apiece. The second hotel would be a 12-story, 183-key structure measuring 84,664 square feet. In that building, rooms would average a slightly larger 463 square feet apiece. Gene Kaufman is the architect of record for both hotels, according to The Real Deal.