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Monday, December 1, 2014

Hotel/ Synagogue coming to Kings Highway? Huh?

NY Yimby excerpt

There, a permit application was filed on behalf of Elmhurst-based Z&K Realty Developers LLC to construct a joint hotel/synagogue building with 162,000 square feet of commercial space (though this may include some space already built from lots that could be contributing air rights to the project). To put its size into perspective, the same square footage is similar to that of Jeanne Gang’s Solar Carve tower, planned for the High Line.

The person who answered the phone at Z&K (headed by Alex Klein as president and Yi Han as V.P., according to the permit application) pleaded ignorance about the project, but the Schedule A filing reveals some details about the plan. The first floor would have a retail space, an “eating and drinking establishment,” and a hotel lobby, while the second floor would be taken up by 189 parking spaces (plus another 72 in the cellar, for a total of 261 spots in automated, attended garages).

The third floor and its mezzanine would house a synagogue large enough to hold 150 people, catering to the large Jewish population in Midwood and nearby southern Brooklyn neighborhoods
Above the synagogue, starting on the fourth floor, would be 147 hotel rooms, fairly evenly distributed throughout the fourth through ninth floors. The 10th story would be occupied by another bar or restaurant, plus an outdoor seating area on the roof.

The project would be situated on the eastern side of East 9th Street between Kings Highway and Quentin Road, in place of a couple one-story brick buildings and a more ornate structure at 815 Kings Highway, for which a demolition permit was filed in September.

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