In August, the owners of the Key Food at 801 Washington Avenue in Crown Heights announced plans to shutter the store on the corner of Lincoln Place to make way for a residential building. Now applications have been filed with the Department of Buildings for the nine-story project, which will have a main address at 805 Washington Avenue.
Fortunately, the longtime owners of the supermarket decided to not to sell the property, instead unloading the air rights to a developer. The Key Food will re-open in a slightly larger space on the ground floor of the new building in 2019, according to Patch.
The plans filed yesterday call for 37 apartments and 46,572 square feet of residential space, creating typical apartments measuring 1,258 square feet. The ground floor would hold the 5,900-square-foot grocery store, followed by four to five units apiece on the upper stories. There would be a 19-car garage in the cellar.
In exchange for keeping the grocery store, the developer gets extra floor area, a reduction in parking requirements, and a tax break that lasts up to 25 years.
DJLU Architects applied for the permits.
The developer is Levi Balkany of Happy Living Development, but the Othman family, which has owned the property for 40 years, still control the property. The Othmans have struck a deal to sell the air rights to Balkany, DNAinfo reported. But no transfers or sales have hit hte public records yet.
The family’s 7,400-square-foot site includes the Key Food, The Islands Caribbean restaurant, a deli, and a pharmacy. All three stores will close by February or March 2017, and construction is scheduled to begin a few months later.
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