608 Franklin Avenue

ODA Architecture has designed a boxy, glassy building – with multi-paned windows somewhat reminiscent of an old factory building — to replace the brewery at 608 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights.  New York YIMBY was the first to publish the rendering.

The specifics of the plans have changed slightly: The building, which will be quite large and take up much of the block between Bergen Street and Dean Street, will rise to eight stories and have a total of 130,00 square feet. There will be 120 rental units — studios, one and two bedroom units. Twenty percent of the units will be income-restricted, according to NYY. The mixed-use building will have 19,000 square feet of retail space.

The development will replace three rundown, low-rise structures on the Dean Street side of the property, not the 19th century brick brewery building on Bergen (as we’ve previously mentioned). The corner lot also has 141 feet of frontage on Franklin Avenue.

While the design reminds us of buildings in the Ladies’ Mile area in Manhattan rather than Crown Heights, it strikes us as a far cry above the majority of new construction. What do you think of it?

Revealed: ODA’s 608 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Eight Story Mixed-Use Building to Replace Part of Crown Heights Brewery [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering: ODA Architecture via NY YIMBY

1037 sterling place crown heights 102014

This floor-through two-bedroom in Crown Heights offers tons of space and attractive prewar details. There are decorative mantels, built-in dressers and cabinets, pier mirrors and stained glass windows. The $2,600 rent seems a little high for a two-bedroom in this part of Crown Heights, but there’s a windowed office that could be used a third bedroom, knocking the rent down to $866 a bedroom. The apartment is a block from Brower Park and three blocks from the 3 train stop at Kingston Avenue. What do you think of it?

1037 Sterling Place, #2 [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP

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Chika Mexicana is planning to open later this month at 814 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. When we stopped by earlier this week, the interiors looked partially finished and a worker was painting the exterior. Located about a block from Eastern Parkway between Lincoln and St. Johns, it looks like it’s going to be pretty casual. Northern Crown Heights also has Guero’s, Chavela’s and El Barrio Burritos on Franklin Avenue. Do you think the hood needs another Mexican joint? GMAP

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We’ve always wondered what would happen to the decaying, rat-infested brick low-rise at 681 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, and recently we noticed that the interior of the three-story building had been completely demolished. The brick facade is still standing, held up by scaffolding, but workers on site told us the rest of the building would come down too. It turns out the HPD ordered an emergency demolition of the long-abandoned structure in June.

But the forgotten property will have a new beginning. A construction supervisor showed us plans for a new three-story building, which he said will most likely be rentals. New building applications have not yet been filed.

The property sold to an LLC for $1,400,000 on September 15. As to why the building was neglected for so long, public records show a vacate order in 1985 and a transfer to a Florida-based estate in 2011 (when the absentee owner died, presumably). Boxes with x’s spray painted on the building show it was unsafe to enter. GMAP

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The T-Mobile store on the southwest corner of Nostrand and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights will be demolished to make way for a seven-story apartment building, according to new building applications spotted by New York YIMBY. Developed by Helm Equities, 834 Nostrand Avenue will have 29 units, an automated parking garage with 18 spots, 5,582 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, about the same amount of community space, and a roof deck.

Shlomo Wygoda’s SWA Architects is designing the building, which will be 33,505 square feet when it’s finished. 

This busy corner on one of Crown Heights’ major thoroughfares is four blocks from 341 Eastern Parkway, which opened this summer with rents starting at $2,200. Although new, the building resembles an early 20th century commercial loft building. We hope SWA will design something equally contextual rather than the typical glass box.

Permits Filed: 834 Nostrand Avenue, on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights [NYY] GMAP

1090 greene avenue bushwick bohack house

We were relieved to see the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted yesterday to landmark 1090 Greene Avenue in Bushwick. It is one of the last well-preserved wood frame houses in the area. Preservation advocate Historic Districts Council called it “a distinctive reminder of 19th-century Bushwick.”

It is rare for the LPC to landmark wood frame houses, perhaps because they are so often altered beyond recognition. (more…)

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The Crown Heights North 7th Annual House Tour takes place this Saturday. Highlights include the Bedford Central Church on Nostrand and an original Kinko-style home built by the Kings and Westchester Land Company. Altogether there will be eight homes, two churches and the Bergen Community Garden.

The self-guided tour starts at 10:45 am on Saturday with a continental breakfast and opening ceremony at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (pictured), on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Johns Place. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. They’re available on CHNA’s website, at Barbara’s Flowers at 1096 Bergen Street, or at Yanatiba at 714 Washington Avenue. 

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After only a year in business, it looks like Cafe Allegria has closed its doors at 547 St Marks Avenue in Crown Heights. On Saturday morning, we spotted a sign on the front that said the property had been sold and the cafe was closed. Does anyone know what happened? When we interviewed the owners last year, they told us they had bought the house in 2003 and then decided to renovate and move into it three years ago. The public records don’t list any recent sales.

Crown Heights Cafe Opens in a House Just off Franklin Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

255 eastern parkway crown heights 92014

Here’s a nice blank slate for someone who wants to put his or her mark on a prewar pad. The 1,618-square-foot classic seven apartment at 255 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights has original floors, plaster walls and 11-foot ceilings. The only negative we can spot is that it appears it might be on the ground floor — or at least just up from street level. The asking price of $999,000 comes in at $617 per square foot.

255 Eastern Parkway, #A3 [Corcoran] GMAP

forte cafe 619 st johns place crown heights 2 92014

When we stopped by the old Nimba space at 619 St. Johns Place in Crown Heights, the owners of the new Forte Cafe told us they plan to open by October 1. They’ll serve coffee, tea, made-to-order salads, sandwiches, pastries, and bagels and lox. They plan to do most of their baking on site. The interiors look pretty much the same as when Nimba occupied the space, except for a fresh paint job on the bar and new art on the walls.

New Cafe Moving Into Old Nimba Spot in Crown Heights? [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The pricey rental building at 341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights is over 65 percent rented, according to PR reps for Aptsandlofts.com, which is handling leasing for the building. Designed by Meshberg Group and developed by Bluejay Management, the eight-story development has 63 units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, some of which have private terraces.

Asking rents start at $2,200 for a studio, $2,700 for a one-bedroom, $3,400 for a two-bedroom and $3,800 for a penthouse duplex. The building launched in July, and move-ins started in August. Capital One Bank and Starbucks, which is scheduled to open this month, are the ground-floor retail tenants.

341 Eastern Parkway [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
341 Eastern Parkway Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Aptsandlofts