In March, details were revealed of the proposed rezoning of Industry City – a six-million-square-foot industrial-commercial complex – located west of the Gowanus Expressway, in Greenwood and Sunset Park. The developers – Jamestown Properties, Belvedere Capital, and Angelo Gordon – are now moving forward with a piece of the overall redevelopment that is independent of the rezoning. Building 19, at 168 39th Street (a.k.a. 148 39th Street), on the corner of Second Avenue, is going to be converted into 500,000 square feet of office space, according to Commercial Observer. The office space will be located across the first seven floors of the building. The conversion will feature a new lobby, new windows, and upgrades to infrastructure and equipment, like the installation of modern elevators. The Brooklyn Nets recently completed their new 70,000 square-foot training facility, called the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center, on the eighth floor of the building.
Property owner Ahn Lee-McKechnie has filed applications for a four-story, three-unit residential building at 346 43rd Street, in northern Sunset Park, located two blocks north of the 45th Street stop on the R train. The building will measure 4,000 square feet, which means its residential units should average a spacious 1,333 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. There will be two full-floor apartments on the ground and fourth floors, and a duplex unit spanning the second and third floors. Hames Hill’s Garment District-based Urban Pioneering Architecture is the architect of record. The site is currently occupied by a three-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
Three of the city’s top officials in transportation, housing, and economic development laid out the details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to build a streetcar line along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens during a meeting with reporters on Friday.
In October of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the planned six-story, 40-unit multi-use commercial building at 5521 Eighth Avenue, on the corner of 56th Street in Sunset Park, located seven blocks north of the N train’s stop on Eighth Avenue. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports foundation work is now underway on the 81,569 square-foot project, which will include 36 medical offices and four retail units. The retail space will measure 13,003 square feet in total and will span the ground floor and a mezzanine level. The medical offices will begin on the second floor and should average 1,180 square feet apiece. Flushing-based Andy Wong filed documents with the Attorney General’s office in January, which indicated the project is being valued at $76.3 million. Raymond Chan is designing and completion in 2017 seems likely.
The city downzoned most of Sunset Park in 2009, limiting development in a huge and still relatively affordable part of southern Brooklyn. The new zoning extends to the west side of 8th Avenue, but on the east side, developers can exploit more flexible zoning that doesn’t limit the heights of new buildings.
So it’s no surprise to find plans for a six-story, mixed-use building here at 4603 8th Avenue, near the border with Borough Park.