Development Watch: 785 Dekalb Avenue

Only the worsening real estate market can save the former Deliverance Evangelicalistic Center now. With the dreaded MMG sign already posted though, the die appears to be cast for this beautiful old two-story brick commercial building at 785 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy. The developer, SSJ Realty, has filed plans for a four-story, seven-unit (sounds small, no?) building on the site. This is another of those cases where we don’t understand why the developer doesn’t keep the existing two stories and do a cool modern addition on top. Could it be that 99 percent of developers have no vision or creativity? GMAP P*Shark DOB

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  • Re these old buildings not being re-used, seems like some of us have to step up and do projects ourselves. How is Fallen Angel doing, btw?

  • I hope the surrounding neighbors are prepared for the havoc that Marie Grasso/MMG is about to wreak on their buildings. That MMG is still licensed is evidence of corruption within the DOB.

  • The existing structure is rather unremarkable. Why go to the expense of preserving a mediocre building just because it is old?

  • An older architect who grew up in the neighborhood told me that this building was once a Movie Theater, before it became an evangelical center.
    What is perhaps more disturbing than the building being torn down as that the developer will not make use of the available commercial overlay to build commercial on the ground floor.
    What this means is that more residential will be built, but not many services for the existing residents and new ones to come. Bad planning over all. – Neighbor across the street

  • Is this place really “beautiful?” I mean, honestly.

  • 2:24 It is true this immediate nabe needs services. However, the new structure will eliminate this existing blight.

    Btw, any ideas on what type of structure is planned for the vacant lots with the posted DOB permits (Throop, between Dekalb and Lafayette).

  • How can will halt the destruction of landmarks in the neighborhood? There are still some stricking features in the interior of the builidng — lovely relics of its movie theater past. One of the few that African-Americas could attend in Brooklyn when other movie theaters were closed to them. A shame…