On the western side of Morgan Avenue in Bushwick/East Williamsburg, between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue, the only structures of any consequence are a trio of three-story walk-up tenements, faced in vinyl and with a ground-floor deli in one of the buildings.
The lot next door to the three buildings would make the perfect development site for another residential building, with skyrocketing demand around the Morgan Avenue L station – the Brooklyn equivalent of SoHo, the ne plus ultra of loft living in the borough.
But, alas, like the rest of the area around Newtown Creek and its tributaries, this stretch of Morgan Avenue is zoned solely for low-density industrial and commercial uses.
While the normal course of action for a truck parking lot in an M1-2 zone is to just leave it as such, “Morgantown,” as the area is sometimes called, is finally hot enough for some commercial development to pencil out.
Earlier today, an application was submitted to the Department of Buildings to erect a two-story commercial building on the 25-foot-wide lot. The first floor of the 7,300-square foot structure (with nearly 5,000 square feet of net commercial space for zoning purposes, and a cellar used for storage) will be devoted to retail, while the second story will house offices, according to the Schedule A filing.
Williamsburg-based Kalmon Dolgin, which owns a number of industrial and commercial properties throughout the city and the region, is the developer. Great Neck-based Icon Engineering, led by Reza Khamcy, is listed as the architect.
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