One of Brooklyn’s most notorious developers, Robert M. Scarano, has filed paperwork to open a hotel on 214 Franklin Street in Greenpoint. His latest projects in Greenpoint include the Box House Hotel and the Henry Norman Hotel (which incidentally is open now and has a penthouse room that costs $600 per night with a lovely view of the sanitation plant just blocks away).
The paperwork for the new project outlines his plan to replace the partly residential building on Franklin with a hotel featuring a lounge bar, gym and coffee shop. As previously reported, the neighborhood is already turning into one big construction site with 30-40 story towers coming soon so it’s no surprise Robert Scarano wants a piece of the pie. As New York Shitty points out, Wikipedia expert Robert Scarano didn’t file the paperwork himself, since he’s not legally permitted to do so in New York. Here’s the back-story, pasted below before Scarano updates it:
In March 2010, Scarano lost his rights to submit new building plans to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). This ban is still in effect. The ruling came in response to a June 2008 DOB action alleging “false or misleading statements on applications submitted to the Buildings Department in connection with two new buildings in Brooklyn.” According to DOB, Scarano’s filings deliberately misrepresented the size of his proposed buildings, which were larger than he was claiming in his filings.
In her March 2010 ruling, Judge Joan Salzman agreed with DOB, calling Scarano’s filings “so deceptive that they call to mind out-and-out fraud.”
Scarano has been trying to restore his image of late with his so-called Green developments including Brighton Beach’s Bright ‘n Green building. That is, when he’s not online, obsessing over his Wikipedia page.