Three of the city’s top officials in transportation, housing, and economic development laid out the details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to build a streetcar line along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens during a meeting with reporters on Friday.
In October of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the planned six-story, 40-unit multi-use commercial building at 5521 Eighth Avenue, on the corner of 56th Street in Sunset Park, located seven blocks north of the N train’s stop on Eighth Avenue. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports foundation work is now underway on the 81,569 square-foot project, which will include 36 medical offices and four retail units. The retail space will measure 13,003 square feet in total and will span the ground floor and a mezzanine level. The medical offices will begin on the second floor and should average 1,180 square feet apiece. Flushing-based Andy Wong filed documents with the Attorney General’s office in January, which indicated the project is being valued at $76.3 million. Raymond Chan is designing and completion in 2017 seems likely.
The city downzoned most of Sunset Park in 2009, limiting development in a huge and still relatively affordable part of southern Brooklyn. The new zoning extends to the west side of 8th Avenue, but on the east side, developers can exploit more flexible zoning that doesn’t limit the heights of new buildings.
So it’s no surprise to find plans for a six-story, mixed-use building here at 4603 8th Avenue, near the border with Borough Park.
The four-story, 24,000 square-foot commercial building at 5018-5024 4th Avenue, in Sunset Park, has been purchased by developer Congregation Imrei Yehudah for more than $7.5 million. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the new owner plans to convert the vacant building into residential units or office space. The 6,400 square-foot lot also contains 2,880 square feet of air rights, which could go towards expanding the building. It’s conveniently located three blocks north of the 53rd Street stop on the R train.
Over the summer, Yosef Streicher purchased the dilapidated, three-story former police station at 4302 Fourth Avenue, in northern Sunset Park, for $6 million. Now, the owner plans to redevelop the castle-like structure into a community center and a café. According to the Brooklyn Daily, preliminary plans also call for a residential building with 10 units to be built behind the old Precinct on the vacant lot at 364 43rd Street. An architect has not yet been selected, but Ben Herzog is among the front-runners who may eventually design the project. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has renderings of other designs for the proposed redevelopment, which will eventually have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.