Prolific affordable developer Arker Companies has built and rehabbed thousands of apartments in Spring Creek, a far-flung neighborhood in southeastern Brooklyn. Now, they’ve filed applications for two more mid-rise residential buildings in the neighborhood, at 911 Erskine Street and 11629 Seaview Avenue.
The development is likely affordable, following in the footsteps of other huge, multi-phase projects in the area, like Nehemiah Spring Creek and Gateway Elton. Both buildings would rise across the street from the sprawling Gateway Center mall, which was developed on marshland bordered by two little tributaries of Jamaica Bay, Betts Creek and Hendrix Creek.
The State of New York owns the huge development site, which backs up to Spring Creek Park and was most recently used by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Apparently, the state shut down the 10-building social services facility in December. Neighbors suspected that the existing, empty buildings would be converted to a homeless shelter.
The nine-story building at 911 Erskine Street would grow on the southeastern corner of the state’s 1.5 million-square-foot property, on the lot labeled Site A in the map above. It would have 267 apartments, spread across 216,748 square feet of residential space. The typical unit would measure about 810 square feet.
There would be 34,538 square feet of retail on the first floor, divided into two different stores. Each of the upper floors would have between 22 and 38 units, and most of the amenities would occupy the second story, including a community space, two lounges, a shared outdoor terrace, and laundry rooms. Most of the upper stories would come with their own laundry rooms and lounges as well.
The plans also include a surface parking lot with 104 spots for shoppers visiting the ground floor retail, and a 94-car garage in the cellar.
11629 Seaview Avenue would be much smaller. The six-story building would host 62 apartments and 65,000 square feet of residential space. The project would include a 23-car garage and bike storage on the ground floor, topped by 13 units in each of the remaining stories. There would once again be amenity spaces on the second floor, like a terrace, laundry room, and community room.
The state issued a request for proposals for this site back in 2013, but it hasn’t yet transferred the property to Arker Companies.
Aufgang Architects will design both buildings.