The Department of City Planning is expected to weigh in on the construction of a new mixed-use building at 312 Coney Island Avenue in the historic Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. Designed by FXCollaborative, the proposed development measures 387,000 gross square feet and includes residential area, a church, a small school, and commercial retail.
At 13 stories tall, zoning amendments are required to permit a building of this height. Amendments are also required to allow the construction of a multi-unit residential structure with a commercial component.
The irregularly shaped parcel of land offers frontage along Ocean Parkway, Park Circle, Coney Island Avenue, and Caton Place. The property currently supports a four-story religious building operated by the International Baptist Church, an affiliated school, and a 36-vehicle parking lot.
Last year, Focus Property Group reportedly acquired the property from the International Baptist Church and secured a 99-year ground lease. The proposals reveal that the existing church and school building would be demolished and relocated within the first and second floors of the new structure. Retail area measuring 5,000 square feet would also occupy the ground floor with frontage along Caton Place.
Additional components include a 36-vehicle sub-grade parking structure and a mix of unspecified community facilities that occupy 41,380 square feet.
The greatest percentage of area is dedicated to residential use at the upper levels measuring almost 310,000 square feet with a separate entrance facing Ocean Parkway. Proposals indicate 310 total units averaging 1,000 square feet apiece. A total of 78 residences will be marketed as affordable homes.
While amenity spaces have not been announced, site map illustrations reveal a large courtyard at the center of the property.
Should the proposal not make it past city agencies, the developer will instead construct a 195-foot-tall mixed-use hotel property. This iteration of the project would top out about 50 feet higher than the originally intended development. However, without the proposed zoning text amendments, no affordable housing or housing of any kind would be created on the site because the existing commercial zoning does not allow for residential use.
Components of the secondary building would include an 88,707-square-foot hotel, 45,175 square feet of medical office space, 9,035 square feet of religious area to house the International Baptist Church, and 26,011 square feet for the church’s educational space. In total, the new property would comprise 231,667 gross square feet.
As of August 2019, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) have found no issue with iteration one of the proposed development in regard to environmental impact, incremental shadows that will be cast on the surrounding area, and the effect on nearby historic elements within and surrounding Prospect Park. The project may still have to appear before the LPC to gain approvals on the building’s final design.