Plans for Big and Tall Apartment Building on Park in Bushwick Disapproved

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In March, WyckoffHeights.org reported big changes are coming to the corner of Knickerbocker and Willoughby, right across from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick. The two-story church at 260 Knickerbocker Avenue is slated to be converted to an 11-story apartment building designed by Scarano protege and now-prolific Williamsburg architect Nataliya Donskoy, which would make it the tallest building on the park.

We were curious about the progress, and figured it would be well along by now. But in fact, the plans were disapproved this month and there is no sign of construction at the church, not even a rendering or, of course, any kind of permit.

The building was originally a theater, then a dance hall, according to WyckoffHeights.org. The disapproved plans call for a substantial number of apartments, 53, and off-street parking for 37 cars and 60 bicycles. There will still be space for the church on the ground floor and in the basement, according to the Schedule A.

The plans were filed as an alteration, so perhaps they will refile as a new building.

One Comment

  • I’m not optimistic about what sort of crap will result from a design by Ms. Donskoy but I will admit that the church is super ugly so I doubt it will be missed by anyone. 11 stories strikes me as way out of scale with the primarily 3 and 4 story neighborhood but certainly a six or eight story building overlooking the park would make sense.