The four-story, 24,000 square-foot commercial building at 5018-5024 4th Avenue, in Sunset Park, has been purchased by developer Congregation Imrei Yehudah for more than $7.5 million. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the new owner plans to convert the vacant building into residential units or office space. The 6,400 square-foot lot also contains 2,880 square feet of air rights, which could go towards expanding the building. It’s conveniently located three blocks north of the 53rd Street stop on the R train.
Over the summer, Yosef Streicher purchased the dilapidated, three-story former police station at 4302 Fourth Avenue, in northern Sunset Park, for $6 million. Now, the owner plans to redevelop the castle-like structure into a community center and a café. According to the Brooklyn Daily, preliminary plans also call for a residential building with 10 units to be built behind the old Precinct on the vacant lot at 364 43rd Street. An architect has not yet been selected, but Ben Herzog is among the front-runners who may eventually design the project. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has renderings of other designs for the proposed redevelopment, which will eventually have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The Brooklyn Baptist Chinese Church, doing business as Siloam Ministries Inc., has filed applications for a new six-story, 11,512 square-foot church facility at 913 45th Street, in Sunset Park, located two blocks west of the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the D train. The building would contain a house of worship on the ground floor, a dining hall and kitchen in the cellar, and five floors of accessory office space. Shiming Tam’s Brooklyn-based architecture firm is the applicant of record. An existing two-story brick building must first be demolished.
The industrial zone along the waterfront in Sunset Park is a remnant of when the area was filled with cold storage warehouses, major international shipping operations, and heavy industry that ranged from canneries to ammunition factories. The blocks between Third and Fourth Avenue, just east of the Gowanus Expressway, have always felt a little more transitional, because they mix low-slung warehouses with little prewar townhouses. But the neighborhood’s zoning prevents new residential construction, and all the new buildings that sprout here are budget hotels. One such hotel is in the works at 142 33rd Street, across the street from two more newly finished hotels.
Staten Island-based Mzx Group Inc. has filed applications for a seven-story, 13,182 square-foot ambulatory, diagnostic and healthcare treatment facility at 867 53rd Street, in eastern Sunset Park, located nine blocks north of the N train’s stop at 8th Avenue. The project appears to have taken advantage of bonus FAR available because it is a community facility. Hui Zeng’s Queens-based ABC Engineering is the applicant of record, and permits were filed in October to demolish an existing two-story, two-unit brick apartment.