One of the last big development sites in central Crown Heights is a Rite Aid at 1040 St Johns Place, between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues. Now new building applications have been filed to erect a seven-story building on the property, which is currently a Rite Aid.
A representative from the developer, Soft Stone Development, told us that they intend to build above the drug store instead of demolishing it. That will come as a relief to neighbors in Crown Heights, who have few other drug store options. The 9,000-square-foot store would occupy the ground floor, followed by 29,285 square feet of community space on the second floor. The remaining stories would each have 24 units, except for the seventh floor, which would hold 26 units.
The building’s 122 units would be divided across 83,789 square feet of residential space, for rental-sized average units of 686 square feet.
A garage on the first floor will have parking for 69 cars, which is less than the 85 spots required by the zoning code. But there will probably be an outdoor parking lot to supplement the garage.
Queens Village-based engineer Julien Flander applied for the permit.
The 30,000-square-foot lot last changed hands for $1,875,000 in 2004, which means that the current owner paid roughly $16 a buildable square foot (assuming we subtract the existing retail). The developer is probably choosing to preserve the Rite Aid because the property isn’t zoned for commercial use, and it would be difficult to replace the retail if it were demolished.