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Developer Slate Property Group plans to demolish the Key Food at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill to build an eight-story, 115-unit rental building, as Crain’s was the first to report. The 120,000-square-foot building will include 15,000 square feet of retail, which will likely be a supermarket, and 3,500 square feet of amenity space. Twenty percent of the apartments will be affordable.

Aufgang Architects is designing the building, which won’t be the first supermarket-replacing development the firm has designed in Clinton Hill. It also designed the seven-story, 232-unit rental building rising at 490 Myrtle Avenue, where the Associated Supermarket used to be.

Instead of buying the property outright, Slate decided to partner with its longtime owners, Dan’s Supreme Supermarkets.

Developer Does End Run Around Land Costs [Crain's] GMAP
Photo by Janet Upadhye for DNAinfo

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The Pratt Station post office reopened today in its new location at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, on the ground floor of a five-story condo building. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership‘s blog was the first to write about today’s opening.

As you may recall, the postal service closed its old location at 504 Myrtle Avenue (five blocks away) last October, to make way for a planned six-story apartment building on the site. The post office serves the 11205 zip code.

Pratt Station Post Office Reopening Today [Myrtle Avenue]
Pratt Post Office Coverage [Brownstoner]
609 Myrtle Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Flats buildings
Address: 64-66 St. James Place
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1907
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival, with Colonial Revival details
Architect: George Roosen
Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses and flats buildings in Crown Heights North, Sunset Park, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Specifically 1280-1288, 1285-1289 Dean Street, in Crown Heights North
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: Four story flats buildings and three and four story row houses went hand in hand on the brownstone blocks of our later row house neighborhoods, like Crown Heights North, Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Sunset Park. Developers could see that small multiple unit buildings could be placed on row house blocks and look quite nice together. Not surprising, really, as the same architects were quite adept at designing both kinds of buildings.

In Clinton Hill, the demand for smaller apartment buildings came as the Hill was still at its peak as one of Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Very often, if an apartment building was going to be built, it came at the expense of one of the many older single family mansions still standing on the major streets. This corner of St. James and Lafayette was a very nice location, so quality buildings had to go here and keep up appearances.

Both of the northern sides of the intersection were taken up by churches: Emmanuel Baptist and St. James Episcopal Churches. The corner opposite St. James was taken up by the buildings of the Adelphi Academy, and the fourth corner, just down the street from these flats, was a row of brownstones. When one turned the corner onto St. James, it was quite visually pleasing to see these two flats buildings. (more…)

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New York YIMBY published two renderings for the eight-story condo building coming to 929 Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill, one of Brookland Capital’s larger developments. Feingold and Gregory Architects are designing the building, which appears to be wedge-shaped and made of concrete. It is split in two by an elevator shaft and topped by a cheery yellow grid. The facade on one side of the building is angled, and juts out over the street below.

There will be 20 condos and 17,000 square feet. Apartments will range from studios to two-bedrooms, according to YIMBY.

Click through for another rendering. We think the design will improve this low-slung industrial stretch of Atlantic, which was rezoned for residential and taller buildings in 2007. What do you think of the look?

Revealed: 929 Atlantic Avenue [NYY] GMAP
Brookland Capital Plans Eight-Story Apartment Building on Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Feingold and Gregory Architects via NYY

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Plans for what will replace the now-shuttered White Castle at 959 Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill were revealed in an application for a new-building permit filed last month. Borough Park-based developer Bere Weber is building an eight-story building with 98 apartments. There will be no retail on the ground floor or anywhere in the exclusively residential building, whose address will be 953 Atlantic Avenue.

Gerald Caliendo is the architect. It doesn’t sound as though the building will be streetscape friendly: Rather than shops, there will be parking spots for 98 cars and 49 bicycles on the ground level and in the cellar. Apartments will be located on floors two through eight, according to the Schedule A, and there will be a roof terrace. The building will stand 80 feet high and have 67,253 square feet of space altogether.

It sounds like a rental building, and not a particularly fancy one at that. The developer appears to have owned the property for decades.

New York YIMBY wrote about the plans when the permit was filed, but we missed it until we saw mention of the project in a Real Deal article today about the 10 largest projects filed in January.

Brownstoner was the first to report the White Castle here had shut up shop. It is the third White Castle in Brooklyn to close recently. By our count, there are five left.

White Castle Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Entourage star Adrian Grenier and his real estate broker mom recently bought a second Clinton Hill townhouse, a four-family, five-story brownstone at 112 Gates Avenue. 6sqft was the first to write about the sale, which closed for $2,085,000 in December. We couldn’t find any listings for the house, which 6sqft claims was an estate sale with lots of details, including high ceilings, ornate plaster details on the ceiling, and parquet floors.

It’s not far from the wood-frame home at 430 Grand Avenue the duo renovated with solar panels and recycled denim insulation back in 2006. Grenier also owns a townhouse in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at 239 Lincoln Road, which he purchased solo in 2010 for $899,000.

It’s unclear whether the actor or Brown Harris Stevens broker Karesse Grenier plan to live in the Gates Avenue house or use it as an investment property. Both also share an address at a rental building designed by Rosario Candela in Morningside Heights. Click through for shots of some ceiling detail at Gates Avenue.

Adrian Grenier Buys Five-Story Clinton Hill Townhouse for $2.1 Million [6sqft]
Grenier Really Is Going Green [Brownstoner]
Photos via CityRealty via 6sqft

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Our apologies if this is ancient history, but we just noticed a couple weeks ago that Sushi Tatsu at 884 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill has shuttered and the space is for rent. We’re not sure how long ago it closed its doors — July was the last reference we could find online to anyone eating there.

It looks like the rental listing from G-Way Management has been up for about three months. The asking rent is $6,900 a month for the 884-square-foot-space.

The sushi-and-thai-food restaurant has three other locations, at 1185 Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy, 609 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, and 644 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Click through to see the “for rent” sign in the window. 

What do you think would do well here? GMAP
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Construction is well under way and walls are rising on a second building atop Eddie Hibbert’s salvage shop at 222 Greene Avenue. Meanwhile, the first building, No. 224, is still available although the listing has come down, Eddie told us. (The price had decreased to $3,100,000 from $3,500,000, also.)

Plans filed with the building department for 222 Greene Avenue show a similar but shorter structure: Two floors with two units will rise over the existing garage and the whole thing will be 31 feet high. No. 224 next door is 40 feet high, according to permits.

The salvage shop is still operating in its same location. It is open Tuesday through Saturday. Click through for a few more photos.

Eddie Hibbert Coverage [Brownstoner]

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578-584 Wash Ave,CB, PS 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 578-584 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1868
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: William Rushmore (builder)
Landmarked: No, but in Clinton Hill South historic district on the National Register

The story: These four lovely houses are unique in Brooklyn. They are the only known, or remaining elliptical arched window and doorway Italianate row houses in the borough. The only other elliptical grouping like this in the entire city is at 208-216 East 78th Street in Manhattan. Those houses are brick, not brownstone.

The houses were built in 1868, during the post-Civil War building boom that grew the neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Their rapid growth was part of the expansion of the city outwards, as public transportation improved, allowing more people to live farther from downtown and the Manhattan ferries. The builder was a man named William Rushmore. (more…)

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Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is coordinating an interesting list of events for Black History month that celebrate Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s deep culture of African American arts and performance. Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company Hammerstep will blend Irish step dance and hip hop in a performance at Ingersoll Community Center on February 7, and a group of renowned local jazz musicians will perform live on February 15 at Splitty. There will also be a “digital media and live sound installation that re-imagines the concept of Afrofuturism in the wake of recent police violence in New York City” at the Emerson Bar on February 28. You can check out the full schedule, which includes poetry readings and art shows, over at Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s website.

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TerraCRG is marketing 283 Greene Avenue, a two-story red brick factory that appears to be 19th century, as a residential conversion. The ask is $6,000,000, and the 13,279-square-foot Clinton Hill building has an additional 2,779 square feet of air rights. Currently home to Kilroy Architectural Windows, which has made windows for the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, the building is not landmarked.

The setup, which is not yet available online, notes that “condo pricing in the area is expected to reach the $1,200 per square foot level and the rental market for is exceeding $56 per square foot. Townhouses in the neighborhood have been achieving prices well over $2,000,000.”

A buyer could tear the whole thing down and build a new 16,085-square-foot apartment building. We are hopeful, though, that whoever buys it will keep the existing building and put an addition on top, with a setback. It is quite an attractive building as is, and of course old factory buildings can be quite desirable as residences. Inside, the building has exposed brick walls, an elevator shaft that has been converted into a closet, and tin ceilings in some areas‎.

“Developers are looking at this both ways, however we usually see conversions and loft buildings being more desirable considering the original details and unique attributes for building‎,” Melissa Warren, TerraCRG partner and senior vice president, told us. GMAP

Photo by TerraCRG