In the fight over whether to rezone Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn, a few industrially zoned blocks have become major sticking points. Activists have argued that a few highway-like blocks along Empire Boulevard, at the northwestern edge of the neighborhood, would produce high-rise development and gentrification if they were rezoned to allow new apartments. But there are two more industrial blocks at the southern end of the hood, on Parkside Avenue between Rogers and New York avenues.
A new building may replace an old warehouse there at 640 Parkside Avenue, between Rogers and Nostrand avenues. Applications were filed earlier this week to erect a six-story storage and office building on the sizable mid-block property. The development would have 9,000 square feet of commercial space and 12,563 square feet of community facilities.
Each floor would be divided between a storage business, offices, and medical offices. The medical facilities act like a zoning bonus, because they allow the developer to build two and a half times larger than the low-density industrial zoning allows.
The building would also have a 63-car garage spread between the basement and first floor. Industrial development requires a ton of parking, and this project is no exception, but it’s unlikely that employees will need to drive to work, because the Winthrop Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains is right around the corner.
Moshe Freund is the developer, and his LLC picked up two cold storage warehouses at 640 and 644 Parkside for $2,700,000 in 2013. Charles Mallea’s M Architecture applied for the permits.
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