Demand for new retail and office space is rising across Brooklyn, from tony waterfront neighborhoods like Williamsburg to middle-class immigrant enclaves in the southern part of the borough. Down on Kings Highway in Sheepshead Bay, a five-story retail and office development is in the works.
New building applications were filed for the 89,000-square-foot commercial project at 1713 East 13th Street, just off Kings Highway and Quentin Road and two blocks from the Kings Highway Q train stop. The building would reach 91 feet into the air on a through-block lot that runs from East 13th Street to East 14th Street. There would be retail on the first two floors, followed by three floors of office space.
This project was made possible by an rezoning in 2006, which boosted the density along Kings Highway and certain residential blocks while downzoning more traditional blocks dominated by single-family homes. At the same time, the neighborhood just north of there, Midwood, was largely downzoned. The aim, of course, was to prevent the construction of new apartment buildings on blocks filled with one- and two-family homes.
This little slice of Sheepshead Bay is often called Homecrest. Many of the long-term homeowners are Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, or Scotch-Irish, but there burgeoning communities of Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and Pakistani immigrants, according to census data.
The developer is Infinity Group, a real estate investment firm headquartered near Times Square in Midtown. They’ve tapped SoHo-based Zysovich Architects to handle the design.
A 60,440-square-foot parking garage currently occupies the property, and demolition plans have not yet been filed to knock it down.
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