South Slopers were sad to read about the sale and development plans for Polish grocer Eagle Provisions, which shut its doors earlier this summer at 628 5th Avenue in Greenwood Heights. But a small piece of the old structure will live on in a new residential development, forged by partially demolishing and expanding the the shop’s three existing tenements at 626-630 5th Avenue. Alteration applications were filed last week, and YIMBY has renderings depicting the site’s future.
The three-story buildings will grow to six stories and gain about 6,000 square feet of interior space. The ground floor will host 2,000 square feet of retail, followed by 20,304 square feet of residential space. There will be 27 apartments, yielding an average, rental-sized unit of 725 square feet.
The new facade appears to be clad in three colors of brick—red, black and a light grayish blue. The three stories of red brick try to blend in with the streetwall and match the apartment building next door. Then the next two stories of dark brick are quite eye-catching, especially when combined with the light-colored cladding on the setback portions of the building. It doesn’t exactly fit in with the block, but the new development will make an interesting addition to the fairly mixed stretch of Fifth Avenue just south of the Prospect Expressway.
Greenpoint-based architect Tom Winter is responsible for the design, and the description on his website notes that the new structure will incorporate the facades of the three existing buildings.
Three second floor apartments will have large private terraces, and several other units on the top two floors will get have outdoor space as well.
The cellar will hold a parking for 14 cars—exactly as zoning requires—even though the Prospect Avenue R train station is just three blocks away.
Shop owners Richard and John Zawisny had owned the property at Fifth Avenue and 18th Street for nearly 40 years. They sold it to developer George Malafis for $7,500,000 in March.