The once beautiful residential blocks just north of Bushwick Avenue lost plenty of apartments during the arson-scarred ’60s and ’70s, but new infill projects like this one at 557 Hart Street are quickly transforming the neighborhood.
The development will fill a through-block lot that fronts Hart and Suydam Streets between Evergreen and Bushwick Avenues, in the little swath of Bushwick bordered by the elevated tracks of the M train to the north and the J train to the south.
It will have two stories of retail on one side and five stories of apartments on the other, according to Flushing-based developer Century Development Group. If plans go forward as filed, the building’s 18 units will be divided across 14,289 square feet, which works out to roughly 793 square feet per apartment. Since most of Suydam Street is zoned for commercial use, the retail will likely occupy that side and have an address of 82 Suydam.
The structure will stand 55 feet tall and include 3,000 square feet of retail, as well as a 500-square-foot community facility (medical offices) in the basement. There will be nine parking spaces and nine bike storage spots in the cellar, as zoning requires. The architect of record is Raymond Chan.
This project has been in the works since early last year, when permits were filed and disapproved by the DOB. The 25-foot-wide property, which was originally two tax lots, last sold in 2013 for $400,000, or just $23 per buildable square foot. It currently houses a one-story storefront, and demo permits have not yet been filed.
Last month, YIMBY covered five townhouses planned for a mostly vacant lot on this block of Suydam Street, at the corner of Myrtle Avenue.