Four-story hotel slated for Gravesend

January 6, 2016 Anna Spivak
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A four-story hotel is in the works for Gravesend.

Developer Ankit Mehta, listed in documents under the business name Grovesend Realty LLC, will be redeveloping the lot at 2632 West 13th Street—along with several neighboring lots—into a 16,398 square foot hotel.

The lot sits in an M-1 “light manufacturing district,” according to the New York City Department of Buildings. The development is currently pending zoning approval. Hotels –while they are considered residential uses — are currently allowed in M-1 zones.

According to DOB, the building will stand 46 feet high and house 59 units in total.

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The website YIMBY reports that each of the above ground floors will house 16 rooms with the cellar containing seven—a breakfast room, an office and the lobby. The building will also come equipped with a 16-car parking lot. The property on which the hotel will be constructed is comprised of  six lots totaling 16,400 square feet, in the shadow of the Belt Parkway, near Avenue Z

In terms of density, the plans filed with DOB assert adherence to a floor area ratio (FAR) of 1.0, giving a glimpse into the hotel’s size. Essentially, FAR is a measurement of the building’s bulk. The formula takes the total square footage of the structure and divides it by the total square footage of the lot it is located on. In this case, the FAR of 1.0 means that the total square footage of the building will equal the square footage of the property on which it will be constructed, spread over four stories

Because the developer and his architect have asserted that the structure complies with all applicable zoning regulations, “It hasn’t come through the community board,” said Eddie Mark, district manager of Community Board 13 where the property is located. “They can build as-of-right.”

The West 13th Street lots came with a price tag of $1,750,000, according to deed documents filed with the Office of the City Register.

Shiming Tam Architects, a Borough Park-based firm, is designing the project.

Efforts to contact the developer were unsuccessful. The architectural firm referred this paper to an email address; a message sent to it was not responded to.

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