The completion of Two Trees’ tower at 300 Ashland Place has opened several opportunities for new retail in the neighborhood, and within the new storefronts, New York City’s first Whole Foods Market 365 is expected to open on Wednesday, January 31st. The grocery store is an offshoot of its parent company, and will feature cheaper prices with competitive selections marketed towards budget-conscious families, students, and commuters. The location is officially Fort Greene, Brooklyn, but it sits very close to Downtown Brooklyn.
Another new opportunity for developers is coming to Brooklyn. The lot at 137 Carlton Avenue, in Fort Greene, is hitting the market, with TerraCRG asking for $2,795,000. The site currently holds 2,925 square feet and could be expanded to be as large as 9,500 buildable square feet.
One of the most recognizable structures in Brooklyn is on its way to a new era. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved alterations to the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower at 1 Hanson Place, in Fort Greene.
Michael Gerling, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a nine-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 37 Lafayette Avenue, located at the corner of St. Felix Street in Fort Greene. It will encompass 17,502 square feet and will feature retail space on the ground floor and a mezzanine level, followed by medical offices on the second and third floors. The retail and office space will add up to 6,683 square feet. Six residential units, all duplex apartments, will spread across the fifth through ninth floors. Since the apartments will average 1,775 square feet apiece, YIMBY predicts they will be condominiums. Amenities include a private residential storage space and a rooftop terrace. Midtown East-based DHD Architecture Design is the architect of record. The 43-foot-wide assemblage consists of a vacant lot and and a four-story mixed-use building (at 35 Lafayette Avenue). Demolition permits haven’t been filed.
RXR Realty has acquired, for $28.7 million, the leasehold of the development site at 810 Fulton Street, in southern Fort Greene, from GFI Development, Crain’s reported. The previous developer’s plans for a 12-story, 363-unit mixed-use building, filed back in 2014, are what the new developer intends to construct. The city has approved an air rights transfer that will allow the project to grow from seven stories (as-of-right) to 12. The Buildings Department is still in the process of giving those plans the green light, according to the latest filings. The most recent permits indicate the structure will measure 328,047 square feet. Of that, 32,358 square feet will be ground-floor retail, followed by rental apartments on the floors above. The units should average 815 square feet apiece and 20 percent (73 units) will rent at below-market rates. GFI technically worked on the a part of the project’s foundation before the 421-a expired, which means RXR can still benefit from the tax break. Aufgang Architects is behind the design. Construction will resume in the fall, with completion expected by 2019.