A large, mixed-use complex with apartments, a synagogue and a hotel may replace a series of small apartment buildings on East 8th Street in Midwood. Developer Bo Jin Zhu filed applications earlier today for the 11-story, 162,400-square-foot building at 1721 East 8th Street, between Quentin Road and Kings Highway.
The 125-foot-tall development would hold a 27,000-square-foot synagogue on the first floor, followed by 104,000 square feet of commercial space on the second, third and fourth floors. Residential would begin on the fifth floor, and 26 apartments would be divided across 31,745 square feet of residential space.
Condos seem likely, because units will average a spacious 1,220 square feet. We’d expect three and four-bedroom units, geared toward Orthodox Jewish families.
There would also be an automated and attended 75-car garage in the cellar. Daniel Goldner Architects applied for the permit.
The developer filed plans last year for a 10-story hotel and synagogue on the East 9th Street side of the site, and that seems to account for the incredible amount of commercial space listed on today’s permit. That application calls for retail, a lobby and a restaurant on the ground floor, 189 parking spots on the second floor, a synagogue with two mezzanine levels on the third floor, and hotel rooms on the fourth through ninth floors. The 10th floor would host another restaurant and a rooftop bar.
Zhu’s firm, Elmhurst-based Z&K Realty Developers, picked up the 33,841-square-foot assemblage for a combined $10,436,250 last year. The assemblage runs through to East 9th Street and includes a full block of low-slung commercial buildings, along with the four three-story townhouses along East 8th Street.
Zhu is also redeveloping the former Harte & Company chemical factory in Greenpoint, where he and two other investors plan to build up to 400 apartments and retail.