Brooklynites fear that Brownsville will be next on the gentrification train, but those fears have yet to become a reality. Still, investors are taking a hard look at the neighborhood, which is only a train stop away from increasingly pricey Crown Heights and Bushwick.
An anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC has filed applications for a two three-story, six-unit residential building at 275 Grafton Street, in Brownsville. The project will measure 3,593 square feet and its residential units should average 562.5 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Reza Khamcy’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based Icon Engineering is the applicant of record. The 37-foot-wide, 3,750-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in July. The Saratoga Avenue stop on the 3 train is around the block.
SNL Storage has filed applications for a four-story, 61,951-square-foot storage facility at 163 Sackman Street, located on the corner of East New York Avenue in Brownsville. The facility will contain 33,324 square feet of commercial storage units across four above-grade levels and two bel0w-grade levels. Accessory offices will be located on the ground floor, and two parking spaces and two loading berths will facilitate the transport process. Jack Wilbern’s Virginia-based architecture firm Butz • Wilbern is the architect of record. The 16,667-square-foot corner site is currently vacant. The Broadway Junction stop on the A, C, J, L, and Z trains is six blocks away.
As the dust settles after a contentious rezoning in East New York, Brooklyn, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has set its sights on Brownsville, a neglected and similarly working class neighborhood next door. The housing agency announced the start of a new “neighborhood planning process,” which will collect feedback from residents, organizations, and business owners on how the city could improve the neighborhood.
HPD is planning affordable rentals on city-owned land in eastern Brooklyn. Applications were filed on Tuesday for a four-story, 17-unit building at 1900 Park Place, on the border between Ocean Hill and Brownsville.