The Orthodox Jewish community on the border between Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg has learned to make the best of the area’s industrial zoning. Last week, South Williamsburg-based developer Joseph Brunner filed plans for an eight-story commercial and community facility building at 347 Flushing Avenue, just west of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Navy Yard.
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.