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The Brooklyn Army Terminal has announced plans to renovate another building in its massive, formerly abandoned complex in Sunset Park, the Times reported. The NYC Economic Development Corporation, which runs the terminal, is going to rehabilitate 500,000 square feet on seven floors in Building A, which stretches between 58th and 63rd streets along the waterfront.

Revamping the building, which has been abandoned since the ’60s, is expected to cost $100,000,000. The EDC plans to remove asbestos and install new freight and passenger elevators, electric service, life-safety systems, plumbing, heating and windows.

The terminal is also in the middle of renovating its former administration building, a 55,000 square-foot structure located just north of Building A along 58th Street. The military officially closed the terminal in 1966, transferring 3,200 civilian and military jobs to Bayonne, N.J., according to the Times.

Next Phase of Renovation to Begin at a Vast Military Remnant in Brooklyn [NYT]
Brooklyn Army Terminal Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Lemery Nantel

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We don’t usually feature houses with no interior photos, but Sunset Park listings are rare and the broker has included a floor plan and lots of info. The bow front limestone exterior at 650 49th Street with pressed metal Renaissance Revival cornice and triangular entrance pediment is quite attractive, but inside “this is a handyman special,” according to the listing

Some original detail remains, but it sounds like a gut or partial gut will be needed. The two-family has an original entrance banister, interior window moldings and some original floors. There are also drop ceilings, wood paneling, tile and carpeting. It will need a new gas boiler, water heater, kitchens and baths. The house is also narrow at 16.67 feet.

Considering how prices have gone up in the area and the work needed, does $850,000 sound fair?

650 49th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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The city’s long-delayed plan to reactivate the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park as a shipping hub hit another roadblock last month. Sunset Park City Councilman Carlos Menchaca didn’t OK the handoff of the 11-acre site to the city’s Economic Development Corp. so leasing can begin, reported The New York Daily News.

Menchaca said he wants the city to put together a special development corporation for the property, similar to the one at the Navy Yard, that will give more control of the project to the local community. He also wants a jobs-training program for immigrants in Sunset Park and funds to rehabilitate abandoned green space on the waterfront.

The award-winning Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf, also part of the revitalization plan for the pier, opened in 2013.

Sunset Park Councilman Sinks City’s Plan to Create Shipping Hub [NY Daily News]
South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by NYC EDC

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After a public outcry over plans to redevelop Sunset Park’s existing public library at 5108 4th Avenue with affordable housing on top, library officials Monday presented a revised plan. The new plan calls for a library of 20,000 square feet (vs. 17,000) and 49 affordable apartments (as opposed to 54), DNAinfo reported.

Nonprofit affordable housing developer Fifth Avenue Committee would buy the existing library and put up a new building in its place. The library would own the library portion of the building as a condo, while the Fifth Avenue Committee would own the rest of the building.

The existing one-story library is overcrowded at 12,200 square feet.

Some residents said the library should take up all of two floors, while others said again the development would threaten longtime residents. Some spoke in favor of a bigger library and affordable housing. For details on the affordable housing rents and income restrictions, click through to the DNAinfo story.

If the plan goes through, an interim library space will have to be found. The Fifth Avenue Committee will need to secure financing, followed by a year-long land use review process. Construction could start as early as 2016.

Sunset Park Library Redevelopment Plan Includes Less Affordable Housing [DNA]
Sunset Park Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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Sunset Park’s Community Board 10 voted against renewing permission to build an out-of-scale mixed-use development at 6208 8th Street at the corner of 62nd Street, Brooklyn Daily reported. The vote is only advisory and not binding, so the project could still get the green light from the city.

The site’s previous owner got permission from the city in 2007 to put up a mixed-use complex with an 11-story tower and a Home Depot, and now the new owner, a group of investors, wants to put up an even bigger development that would include four towers and a mall as large as three football fields, as already reported.

The site is currently classified as manufacturing, not residential.

Board Pans Sunset Park Mega-Development [Brooklyn Daily]
Gigantic Mixed-Use Development With Four Towers Planned for Sunset Park [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Raymond Chan Architect PC

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Bush Terminal Piers Park has finally opened on the Sunset Park waterfront, after more than a decade of planning and several delays during two years of construction. DNAinfo reported that the park officially opened its gates to the public Wednesday.

The eight-block-long green space runs from 43rd to 51st Streets but only has one entrance, at 43rd. The park has two multi-purpose soccer and baseball fields and a waterfront esplanade with tide ponds and restored wetlands, according to the Parks Department.

Until March 1, the park will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, and the summer hours will extend until 8 pm. The city spent years cleaning up the 11-acre stretch of waterfront, a former brownfield.

Bush Terminal Piers Park Opens to the Public on Sunset Park Waterfront [DNAinfo]
Image via NYC Parks

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We love these Sunset Park Finnish co-ops and this one looks pristine. We dig the long wall of windows that stretch across the living and dining rooms. This apartment seems to have most of its original teens-era details, including moldings, closet doors that have never been painted, and a few original light fixtures. Only thing is, most of the Finnish co-ops are tiny. This one looks roomier than most, with a living room, dining room, and two real bedrooms. The ask is $387,000 and the maintenance is $518. What do you think of it?

574 44th Street [Elliman] GMAP

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Community reaction to the Brooklyn Public Library’s plan to rebuild its Sunset Park branch to add affordable housing and a bigger library was strongly negative at the public meeting Monday, reported DNAinfo.

“It smells like gentrification,” said one of the more than 75 locals who attended. Even the executive director of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District didn’t like the plan.

As reported yesterday, the library would partner with nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee to build a bigger library, which the library would own as a condo, as part of an eight-story affordable rental building. The structure of the deal is similar to other library and church development plans taking place in Brooklyn, but instead of for-profit development of mixed market rate and affordable housing, it would be 100 percent affordable.

Without commenting on the merits of the plan either way, we think the strongly negative reaction is telling of a shift in public perception of affordable housing. Rampant for-profit development of market rate housing with a small percentage of affordable housing may be tainting public perception of all affordable housing, and turning public opinion against development. Or maybe people just want their libraries to stay libraries. What do you think?

Sunset Park Locals Blast Plan to Add Affordable Units in Library Overhaul [DNA]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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The Brooklyn Public Library is considering partnering with nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee to replace its one-story Sunset Park branch library at 5108 4th Avenue with an eight-story building that will house a bigger library as well as affordable rental apartments. There would be 55 units, 54 of which would be affordable and one of which would be for the building super, DNAinfo reported.

All but 10 of the rentals would be priced at half the current market rates, according to an email DNAinfo received from the Fifth Avenue Committee. Studios would rent for $525 to $750 a month, and three-bedroom apartments would be priced at $796 to $1,249 a month. The remaining 10 units would be aimed at “moderate” income households and would range from $1,000 for a studio to $1,595 for a three bedroom.

The library would increase in size from 12,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. The library would own its space as a condo; the rest of the building would be owned by the Fifth Avenue Committee. The project would cost about $25,000,000. (Presumably Fifth Avenue Committee would buy the property and finance the construction, minus the cost of the library condo, but the story didn’t go into those details.)

Library officials held a public meeting Monday with Community Board 7 at the library to discuss the plan. What do you think of it?

525-a-Month Studios Proposed for Redevelopment of Sunset Park Library [DNA]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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A rendering for a medical complex planned for 5515 8th Avenue in Sunset Park reveals a boxy, glassy building with stepped bands of gray and white stripes. With its alternating swathes of clear and opaque glass, it reminds us of a layered gelatin dessert — one that been digitally sliced and offset with computer graphics. But at least it’s not boring. The architect is Raymond Chan, who is prolific in Queens, especially Flushing.

The developer is Andy Wong of Golden 8th Avenue Realty Corp., according to New York YIMBY, which first published the rendering. Permits call for six stories with 13,000 square feet of retail and 42,500 square feet of medical office condos, There will also be an underground parking garage going down three levels with parking for 150 cars.

The building will replace a one-story commercial building and is slated to open in fall 2017, according to YIMBY. It is located six blocks down the avenue from the planned Sunset Park mega mall with four towers at 6208 8th Avenue. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 5515 8th Avenue, Sunset Park Medical Office Building [NYY]
Rendering by Raymond Chan via NYY

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This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.

In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.

The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.

Photo by Sunset Park Landmarks Committee

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Developers are reviving a previously shelved plan to build a huge mixed-use development on the corner of 8th Avenue and 62nd Street in Sunset Park — and it’s going to be even bigger than before, said a story in Brooklyn Paper. A low-rise, three-story shopping mall will cover a site “about as big as three football fields,” the paper said.

Four towers will poke up above the mall, including a 10-story, 150-room hotel; two 15-story apartment towers with a total of 350 apartments; and a 17-story office tower.

The manufacturing-zoned site traded hands earlier this year for $51,500,000, and comes with an approved variance to allow a mixed-use building with square footage six times the size of the property in exchange for one-fifth of the apartments being affordable rentals. Other amenities include public green space and a pre-K.

The owner told Brooklyn Paper the development won’t strain nearby streets and transportation. Located at 6208 8th Avenue, the mall will be called Eighth Avenue Center. The scope of it makes us think of City Point in Downtown Brooklyn. What do you think of the plan?

Mega-Development Coming to Sunset Park [BK Paper] GMAP
The Sun Is Rising Again on a Controversial Mega-Development Planned for Sunset Park [NY Daily News]
Rendering by Raymond Chan Architect PC