Last month, Slate Property Group caused an uproar when they announced their plans to buy the Key Food site at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill, near the Pratt Towers Mitchell-Lama co-op complex, and raze the supermarket to build a mixed-use residential building.
While the developer has said they may replace the supermarket, the news still sparked anger in the community at the loss of the store – anger that should be directed at the Department of City Planning, which has forbidden the construction of new retail space, including space for grocery stores, on any other buildable sites in the central part of Clinton Hill.
But it’s completely within Slate’s rights to tear down the building, and indeed they appear to be moving forward with their plans for the site, with an application submitted over the weekend to construction the new building.
The filing calls for an eight-story, 113-unit residential building, with a 15,000-square foot retail space. The apartments would be spread over 80,000 square feet of space, for an average unit size of just a bit over 700 square feet – surely rentals, perhaps likely to be rented by some students at the nearby Pratt Institute. Most of the residential floors above ground level will have 19 apartments each, except the second (13 units) and eighth (12 units) floors. According to the developer’s earlier statement, the project will be an 80/20 building, with 20 percent the apartment set aside to be rented at below-market rates.
Ariel Aufgang’s Aufgang Architects, based in Suffern, is the designer.
The supermarket building traded hands earlier this year to a new LLC, but the price was not recorded.
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