Developers are building hotels in industrial sections of Sunset Park and Green-Wood Heights at breakneck pace in order to get areas rezoned for luxury housing, according to real-estate watchers. Builders cannot put apartments on manufacturing land, but they can create hotels there — and doing so paves the way for future housing development, which can demolish good-paying jobs, one advocate warns.
“As an organization, we have a huge concern about hotels in industrial zones,” said David Meade, director of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Cooperation. “I think our community is certainly not looking for any kind of residential conversion along the waterfront — we want businesses to stay there. But hotels could ultimately be the types of uses that could further push the pendulum that way.”