Developer Slate Property Group is moving forward with plans to close and demolish a Key Food at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill, and YIMBY has the first look at the new development that will replace the grocery store.
Permits were filed last month for the project, which will have 113 units spread across 80,000 square feet of residential space. A 15,000-square-foot retail space and 800-square-foot community space will occupy the first floor, and there will be 55 parking spots in the cellar. Since it’s an 80/20 development, 57 apartments—or 20 percent of the units—will rent at below-market rates through an affordable housing lottery.
Local residents are understandably angry that the store is closing, but as YIMBY has previously noted, the neighborhood’s lack of grocery stores is a result of zoning, not gentrification. Most of the blocks around Pratt are only zoned for residential development, preventing anyone from building new retail.
Aufgang Architects is designing the building, which will sport a mix of glass, brick and facade panels, much like other new construction in Clinton Hill.
Demolition applications were filed last week for the supermarket, which remains open, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet.