The city downzoned most of Sunset Park in 2009, limiting development in a huge and still relatively affordable part of southern Brooklyn. The new zoning extends to the west side of 8th Avenue, but on the east side, developers can exploit more flexible zoning that doesn’t limit the heights of new buildings.
So it’s no surprise to find plans for a six-story, mixed-use building there at 4603 8th Avenue, near the border with Borough Park. The development would replace two small apartment buildings with retail between 46th and 47th streets, roughly five long blocks from the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the D train.
Ten apartments would be stacked on top of a 3,200-square-foot retail space and a 3,600-square-foot daycare center. Those 10 units would be spread across 12,031 square feet of residential space, for average units measuring 1,200 square feet.
There would be commercial space on the ground floor, a daycare on the second floor, and two to three apartments each on floors three through six. The city doesn’t require parking for this project, because it’s only 10 apartments on a fairly small site.
The developer is Yan Feng Liang, doing business under an LLC based in Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Bensonhurst-based Basics Group Corp. applied for the permits.
Liang’s LLC picked up one of the buildings for $2 million in 2013, and the other one hasn’t changed hands since 1988.