The Department of City Planning is now reviewing proposals from EMP Capital Group to construct a pair of mid-rise, mixed-use buildings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The buildings will be constructed across eight zoning lots but will debut as 1034 and 1042 Atlantic Avenue.
Tower 1 will stand 17 stories tall or around 175 feet above ground. The shorter Tower 2 will top out at nine stories, or about 95 feet tall. Both structures are designed by Archimaera. Renderings show both buildings featuring modern designs with floor-to-ceiling glass for ample natural light exposure and combinations of white and black façade materials. Both also feature large spaces for murals.
The complex will contain a total of 210 rental apartments. Up to 25 percent of available units will be reserved for households at or below 80 percent area median income (AMI). Across both towers, the residential component accounts for 206,353 square feet.
The commercial component, most likely retail, will occupy 12,850 square feet. The property will also include a 12,700-square-foot community youth center spanning the cellar and ground floors of both towers and a 6,900-square-foot parking garage. The garage will also occupy the cellar level and is designed to accommodate up to 20 vehicles.
The Department of City Planning will need to approve zoning text amendments and review an Environmental Impact Statement to permit the construction of both buildings. This includes a waiver for the number of parking spaces typically required for development of this scale to generate.
If approved, by the Department of City Planning, the project will also be subject to the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, which can often take a year to conclude. If all goes to plan, the developer hopes to complete construction by 2024.