The city is about to rezone the northeastern swath of East New York around Broadway Junction, but development is still brewing at the neighborhood’s far-flung edges. MacQuesten Development has filed plans for a sizable affordable project called Van Sinderen Plaza in the New Lots section of the hood, beneath the elevated L train tracks and next to the border with Brownsville.
The two buildings would bring 130 apartments to a collection of vacant lots along Van Sinderen Avenue, steps from the New Lots Avenue stop on the L train. The Livona Avenue L stop and the Junius Street stop on the 3 are also a few blocks north, and the MTA finally plans to build a transfer between the two elevated stations, which sit only 500 feet apart.
Both buildings would be seven stories, but the much larger of the two would rise at 677 Van Sinderen Avenue, between Newport Street and New Lots Avenue. It would have 102 apartments divided across 95,037 square feet of residential space, and average units would be a family-sized 930 square feet.
The ground floor would host 17,340 square feet of retail, in addition to the lobby and amenity spaces. There would be 18 or 19 units per floor until the seventh story, which will have nine large units. Amenities include a shared roof deck, laundry room, bike parking, and a 21-car garage underground.
Then the second building is planned for 170 New Lots Avenue, on the southeastern corner of New Lots and Van Sinderen avenues. That project would hold 28 apartments and 32,776 square feet of residential space, plus 3,900 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Average units at 170 New Lots would measure 1,170 square feet – ideal for a family that needs three or four bedrooms.
It would have the same amenities as its neighbor at 677 Van Sinderen, except it won’t have a parking garage. The lack of parking is surprising and encouraging, but we’re glad to see it since the project is so close to the subway. The developer clearly expects to benefit from the city’s new zoning tweaks, which eliminate parking requirements for new affordable buildings.
The collection of lots span 37,500 square feet on either side of New Lots Avenue, and they’re currently zoned for manufacturing. McQuesten has already applied to rezone the land for residential development, and the project has just entered the six-month public review process.
Peter Gluck, of Harlem-based Gluck+, will be responsible for the design.
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