Office conversions are slowly making their way into the industrial zone between Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Developer Joel Gluck plans to convert a two-story warehouse at 813 Bergen Street to offices.
The building runs through the block to Dean Street between Grand and Classon avenues and has an alternate address of 880 Dean Street. The alteration application filed with the Department of Buildings doesn’t offer too many details. But we do know that part of the ground floor will be retail, and the rest of the building will be devoted to office space.
It appears that Gluck doesn’t own the building, but he is listed in the owner portion of the filing. The 36,280-square-foot structure last changed hands for an undisclosed amount in 1998.
Shawn Stiles, of S&S Architectural Design, applied for the permits.
It will be interesting to see what the rents go for in this office space, which will be the second sizable office conversion in this area, after Jonathan Butler’s conversion of the former Studebaker service station at 1000 Dean Street. That building spans 150,000 feet and features a food hall on the ground floor, and it fetches the highest office rents in the neighborhood. Not long after the building opened, in 2014, asking rents for ground floor space were in the high-$20s per square foot.
But western Crown Heights does have a few small coworking spaces, including Dean Machine, which is down the block, and its new outpost around the corner, Franklin Electric. There’s also Free Candy Creative Studio nearby on Atlantic Avenue, and Nowhere Studios occupies a loft space further east on Atlantic, by Albany Avenue.
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