Robert Moses irrevocably altered Sunset Park when he ran the Gowanus Expressway down Third Avenue, turning a once-vibrant commercial corridor into a forlorn industrial area covered by a steel and concrete highway. But just a few blocks north in Gowanus, some prewar charm remains in between the auto repair shops and fast food joints.
One developer has decided to build on a relatively untouched stretch of Third Avenue, right next to Gowanus’s large manufacturing zone. Owner Jason Moore has filed plans for a seven-story apartment building at 577 Third Avenue, between 16th and 17th Streets and a block north of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
The project will have 19 apartments and 19,645 square feet of residential space, for an average unit of 1,033 square feet. Based on the size of the apartments, condos seem like a good bet. A 783-square-foot commercial space and two duplex apartments will fill the cellar and first floor, followed by three units each on the second through sixth floors and two units on the seventh floor.
Architect Christopher Teeter, of Matawan, N.J.-based Metamechanics, applied for the permit.
A little 19th century brick walkup currently occupies the 26-foot-wide lot, and demolition plans have not yet been filed to knock it down. Moore, whose business address is just a few blocks east in Park Slope, purchased the building and a garage next door on 16th Street for $2,700,000 in February.