Back in 2014, YIMBY reported on the unveiling of plans for a massive new mixed-use project at 6208 8th Avenue, in Brooklyn. The site lies on the boundary of Sunset Park and Dyker Heights, and in November of 2014, Community Board 10 voted against recommending the project move forward (though that is ultimately only advisory to City Planning). Three years later, work has yet to begin, but the plans have now seen major adjustments and a complete reconfiguration.
YIMBY reached out to Raymond Chan Architects, the firm designing the site, which confirmed that the plans are not yet moving forward.
Exact details on gross changes to square footage are not yet available, but the original iteration featured a 167,000 square foot retail podium, topped by towers that included 150 hotel rooms, 350 apartments, and 17 floors of office space.
The scope of the project appears to have remained almost unchanged, however, the massing has seen extreme revisions. Instead of four buildings atop the podium, there will only be two, and with a decreased floor count for every component, they have seen substantial length-wise expansions. The tallest structure is now roughly thirteen floors including the podium, compared to 17 floors prior to the changes.
The result is substantially more attractive than the old proposal, and even that version would have been immensely beneficial to the neighborhood surrounds. As Sunset Park’s Chinatown continues to grow, densification similar to what is now occurring across Flushing will benefit the streetscape, and in 62-08 8th Avenue’s case, 167,000 square feet of retail space will further invigorate pedestrian foot-traffic.
Both podium and rooftops are rendered with gardens, so in that regard, the developers will hopefully take advantage of the wide open outdoor spaces afforded by so much square footage.
No completion date has been announced, but with the site’s design actively evolving, work may not be too far away.