While retail is commonplace in New York City’s new developments, supermarkets are slightly more rare. Today, YIMBY has the scoop for a proposal to add the “Washington Avenue Food Market” to 35 Underhill Avenue, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
The images come from an environmental impact statement submitted to the city. The supermarket will be located within an existing structure, where parking spaces are currently located.
As described in the proposal,
The applicant would rezone a portion of Brooklyn Block 1131, Lots 1, 3, 1001-1040 and a sliver of Lot 9 (approx.150 square feet), currently zoned R6B to R6A/C2-4 to facilitate the conversion of a portion of the existing ground floor area that is currently used on Block 1131, Lot 1001-1040 for 15 permitted parking spaces into new commercial space. The proposed commercial use would be located within the existing C2-4 overlay and would be conforming. However, the proposed conversion would result in approximately 4,086 gsf (4,086 zsf) of additional floor area. As the existing buildings on Lot 1001-1040 are fully built and would not be able to accommodate the additional floor area permitted in the current R6B zoning, the applicant’s proposed zoning map amendment from R6B to R6A would facilitate the proposed development by raising the maximum FAR from 2.0 to 3.0 on the 3,635 square foot portion of the zoning lot located within the R6B zoning district.
Silvershore Properties 97 LLC is behind the proposal. While the scope is relatively minimal, the project would be a positive for the neighborhood, where abundant transit options mean any parking is unnecessary.
35 Underhill’s new retail has a tentative completion target of 2020, though the applications for the rezoning must first be approved.