As the city prepares to rezone a big swath of East New York, officials haven’t paid much attention to Brownsville, the smaller and poorer neighborhood next door. Despite Brownsville’s rough reputation, developers have started buying up property in the area.
Last year, the de Blasio administration rolled out a program designed to encourage developers to build one- to four-family homes on small city-owned lots. Now the city has filed plans to develop townhouses on 16 vacant properties in East New York, Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
Lazar Feygin, operating as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, 9,760 square-foot community facility building at 410 Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville, six blocks from the L train’s stop at Sutter Avenue. The building will have office space on all floors, although it’s not known who the tenant(s) will be. Nicholas Scire-Chianetta’s Gravesend-based NSC Architecture is the architect of record, and the site’s two-story commercial predecessor was demolished this past summer.
An attractive, early 20th century bank building has sat vacant at the corner of Pitkin Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville for a few years, a neglected architectural gem near one of the neighborhood’s sprawling housing projects. But last time YIMBY passed by the building at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, someone had started doing work on the ground floor. Now we know why: a nursing home company has filed plans to convert the commercial building into a community facility.
The attractive five-story factory at 326 Junius Street in Brownsville has been a boxing gym, a community center, and a church. And now, alteration applications have been filed to convert the 1920s building at the corner of Blake Avenue into a 114-key hotel.