A seaside getaway is just a B61 bus-ride away!
A developer plans on building a 19-key hotel near the Red Hook waterfront, according to plans filed with the city last week. The transit-starved nabe may not be the most obvious location for a boutique lodging, but some people will pay good money to vacation in a secluded coastal hamlet, notes one real estate insider.
“This could be a weekend destination,” said one broker who asked not to be named. “I think if they did something sort of cool and interesting it could work.”
Borough Park real-estate mogul Abraham Leser wants to erect a five-story inn on Van Brunt Street between Beard and Van Dyke streets, as first reported by New York Yimby. The building would include a dining room, recreation area, and a rooftop terrace, plus medical offices on the second floor, according to the still-pending application.
Out-of-towners may need to avail themselves of an Uber — the hotel plans only call for eight parking spaces, and it is a long hike to the nearest subway station — though a ferry stop and 12 Citi Bike stations are coming to the neighborhood in 2017.
“I think it’s a fun place to visit because of the scale of it, because it’s not really developed, and the waterfront is so amazing,” said the real-estate guru.
Notably, the location is also ambling distance from Atlantic Basin — where luxury cruise liners often dock for a spell — and the site of a massive waterfront office and retail complex an Italian developer plans on building between Coffey and Wolcott streets.
Leser seems to be a fan of car-free living — the developer angered Bensonhurst residents earlier this year after filing plans for a 13-building apartment complex on the site of the old Maple Lanes bowling alley with zero parking spaces.
Current zoning would allow him to build his lodging without going through a lengthy public review process or getting approval from Council. But the clock is ticking — the land is in one of the city’s so-called Industrial Business Zones, where Mayor DeBlasio will soon make it much harder to open hotels.