An auto repair garage and artist studio in Bushwick faces the inevitable fate of every large industrial building in north Brooklyn: it’s going to be converted to apartments. This building will also include retail and community space. The two-story, blue, brick building at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also housed a Napa Auto and Truck Parts store, will get four extra stories and 66 apartments, according to representatives from the developer Cayuga Capital. The resulting structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 square feet of community space and 33 parking spots.
Cayuga also filed an alteration permit that was disapproved in July. It lists slightly higher numbers: 12,504 square feet of retail, 2,521 square feet of community space, and 47,948 square feet of residential space. This rendering we found on the developer’s website gives you an idea of what the finished building will look like. Construction will start later this year on the 63,000-square-foot project. The architect of record is Hustvedt Cutler Architects.
Built sometime between 1908 and 1916, this building started out as a car repair shop and continues to host one on the ground floor. It’s also served as an underground concert venue, and more recently, as artist studios and gallery space known as Loft 594. Cayuga is also converting a church to a 99-unit residential project just down the street at 626 Bushwick Avenue, and transforming a Greenpoint warehouse into townhouses.
Building of the Day: 600 Bushwick Avenue [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Cayuga Capital