Brooklynites fear that Brownsville will be next on the gentrification train, but those fears have yet to become a reality. Still, investors are taking a hard look at the neighborhood, which is only a train stop away from increasingly pricey Crown Heights and Bushwick.
Brooklyn-based Urban View has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 66 Maujer Street, in central Williamsburg. The project will measure 5,000 square feet and its residential units are expected to average 714 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Planning is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by a single-story house. Demolition permits were filed in August. The Lorimer Street/Metropolitan Avenue stop on the G and L trains is six blocks away.
In the spring of 2015, Thor Equities entered into contract for the development site at 176 Bedford Avenue, located on the corner of North 7th Street in North Williamsburg. The developer has since closed on the property for $30 million. The developer plans to build a two-story, 14,500-square-foot commercial-retail building.
Jamaica-based Gabrielli Truck Sales Ltd. has filed applications for a two-story, 75,410-square-foot dealership at 181-25 Eastern Road, located on the northern edge of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens’s Springfield Gardens neighborhood. The facility will feature an automobile repair shop, storage space, offices on the ground and second floors, and off-street parking for 165 vehicles. Frank S. Smith’s Melville, N.Y.-based H2M Architects + Engineers is the architect of record. The 22,946-square-foot plot of land is vacant.
Property owner Iyad Saleh has filed applications for a three-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 4623 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of 47th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The project will measure 7,520 square feet and rise 42 feet above street level to its roof. There will be 2,506 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels, followed by full-floor residential units on the second and third floors. The apartments are expected to average 2,506 square feet apiece, which indicates that condominiums are likely in the works.