A new luxury boutique hotel is coming to the Bedford Stuyvesant – Bushwick area, reports Brownstoner.
The six-story, 122 bed – hotel rising at 1107 Dekalb Avenue, the former home of Morillo Automobile Repair, promises to feature “a very unique design,” according to the builder’s website, and is “fully automatic: ”Patrons will be able to check in and check out using a kiosk and not require any help from hotel staff.” Part of the unique design are the floor-to-ceiling windows, which are outlined in a bold array of yellow, red, green and blue.
In addition to the 122 units, the hotel will also feature a bar and lounge, a banquet hall, a bike room and rooftop recreational space. The building will have convenient public transportation access, with the J and Z trains at the Kosciuszko Street station just being around the corner and various bus lines within walking distance.
The hotel is being built by construction company Promont NYC which has worked on various Brooklyn projects, including the NY State Corrections headquarter in Gowanus and the retail building at 252 Atlantic Avenue that currently is home to a Michael’s art store. David Salamon of Salamon Engineering Group, who has worked on the Williamsburg Hotel, is the applicant on record.
Behind the project is developer Moris Yeroshalmi of property management and investment firm ABCNY. The Bed-Stuy project will be his second hotel, following the BKLYN House, a similar boutique hotel located at 9 Beaver Street in Bushwick. Remarkably, within six months of opening in 2015, that hotel was being used as a homeless shelter by the city, according to DNAinfo.
Brownstoner raises the question if the new hotel in Bed-Stuy also could eventually become a homeless shelter, listing other examples of facilities being transformed into shelters like Sunset Park’s Sleep Inn Hotel — and despite the city’s announced efforts to combat that practice.
In 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his Turning the Tide on Homeless plan, in which he plans to remove homeless people from commercial hotel facilities by the end of 2023. But according to a 2018 NY Curbed article, the number of hotel locations used as homeless shelters actually has since increased.
The hotel at 1107 Dekalb Avenue is nearing completion, but an official opening date has yet to be announced.