With the Gowanus rezoning about to hit the fan tonight in terms of the city's actual proposal for the neighborhood, there's also an idea that could bring its hotel boom to a grinding halt. City Council Member Bill de Blasio will be holding forth before the big rezoning reveal to insist that City Planning ban the building of more hotels in parts of the neighborhood that will be left zoned for manufacturing use. Gowanus currently has seven hotels open or under construction, including everyone's favorite, Hotel Le Bleu. As in other areas, there are concerns that hotels--which can be built in districts zone for manufacturing--will push out businesses. There's also concern that the Gowanus hotels could end up renting rooms by the hour. Per a press release: "While we are in the midst of a hotel boom, at some point that will taper off and some of these hotels will not make it or even worse, will turn into 'hot sheet' motels in order to stay afloat." There are hundred of hotel rooms going up in Gowanus, including a 9-story, 134-room Fairfield Inn. It seems like only yesterday when the Gowanus Holiday Inn Express was blazing the trail.
· De Blasio Slams 'Hot Sheet' Gowanus Hotel Boom [Brownstoner]
· An End to the Gowanus Hotel District? [GL]