Permits Filed: 937 Bergen Street

937 Bergen Street937 Bergen Street, image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new mixed-use building at 937 Bergen Street, in Crown Heights. 608 Franklin LLC is the developer, and ODA Architecture is designing.

937 Bergen Street will rise eight stories and stand 80 feet tall; its scope will be relatively substantial. The ground floor will have 18,749 square feet of retail, while the residential component will measure 81,880 square feet, divided amongst 119 units.

ODA’s work is impressive, and some of the firm’s other recent Brooklyn projects include 316 Bergen Street in Boerum Hill, and 275 Fourth Avenue. 937 Bergen Street is likely to be equally appealing, and the design should fall on the ultra-contemporary side of the spectrum.

The surrounding neighborhood is thriving, and around the corner, 1000 Dean Street recently had its ribbon-cutting. Crown Heights continues to see rapid improvements, and building out the area on a larger scale is important, especially given its excellent access to transit options.

937 Bergen Street

937 Bergen Street, aerial via Google Maps

While 937 Bergen Street will likely contribute to Crown Heights in a positive way, additional density should be strongly encouraged. Despite the proximity of the A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, and S trains, the project’s total FAR is a measly 4.6, and the resulting 8-story structure will do little to quench demand, as prices in the neighborhood continue to skyrocket.

New York’s built environment is incredibly out of sync with its transit infrastructure, and neighborhoods like Crown Heights should be up-zoned accordingly; the city must take advantage of existing opportunities for growth. The lack of density is especially disappointing when considering the cost of new transit, how prohibitively expensive infrastructure projects are, and how easy it would be to allow new construction, instead of throttling the city’s future with red tape.

937 Bergen Street has no completion date, but demolition permits were issued in May, so construction would appear to be imminent.

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