Seven-Story Medical Office Building Planned for 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, East New York

101 Pennsylvania Avenue101 Pennsylvania Avenue, old bank building pre-demo as of October 2014, image from Google Maps

The de Blasio administration is in the midst of planning a rezoning for East New York, designed to accommodate subsidized housing development in the Brooklyn neighborhood just east of Broadway Junction.

But in the meantime, a large medical office building is under development at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a Department of Buildings filing. The structure would take up the entire Atlantic Avenue block front between Pennsylvania and New Jersey avenues, and more than half of the block itself. It would replace a handsome Renaissance Revival bank building, opened in 1890 as the headquarters of the East New York Savings Bank, for which a demolition permit was filed last year.

While large, the abundant parking (which appears to account for about a quarter of the building’s construction area) and generous community facility bonus mean that the new project can proceed as-of-right – essentially the only thing that could ever be built under the current zoning, given the present market (or lack thereof) for new commercial construction.

The ground floor would contain a lobby and “ambulatory” – or walk-in – “diagnostic or treatment health care facilities,” however the next three floors would be completely consumed by a 266-car garage (or maybe just 153 spaces, depending on which part of the building permit application you believe), with medical offices not resuming until the fifth floor.

The 160,000-square foot facility would be designed by Array Architects, which has a number of ambulatory healthcare centers under their belt.

The owner is listed on the permit as an LLC led by Jonas Rudofsky, who is associated with Squarefeet.com, a commercial brokerage based on nearby Pitkin Avenue that bills itself as “expert in arranging leases for not-for-profits, industrial buildings, and auto retail,” as well as “in development site market and financial analysis.” Rudofsky told YIMBY this morning that the building is planned to be built on speculation.

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