Synapse Development Group began renovation in fall 2015 of the handsome, historic Grant Building, replacing offices with a 239-bed hostel-hotel. The youth-oriented “yotel” is to have 203 “micro rooms” that are smaller and cheaper than standard hotels. The developer also plans to include a cyber café, game room, media room, laundry room, guest storage lockers and a rooftop deck.
In May, the city’s Board of Appeals rejected a challenge from hotel and restaurant workers’ union Unite Here Local 2. Aimed at travelers reliant on public transit (the hotel won’t have any off-street parking), the Planning Commission approved it, citing how its young guests would likely support neighborhood arts and theater. Development is scheduled to finish this fall.
“We’re in the heart of this revitalization with this Mid-Market area,” said Synapse CEO Justin Palmer.