Across the street from the Franklin Avenue station in Bed Stuy, the exterior of a 10-story mixed-use building in the works for a number of years is nearly finished.
Permits were filed in 2015 for the new building, which stands at 1134 Fulton Street, at the corner of Franklin. A recent visit revealed the windows are in and the facade is nearly finished on the side of the building that faces Fulton and almost complete on the side that faces Franklin.
Fariba Makooi of Fischer Makooi Architect (the former of the pair referring to well-known Brooklyn architect Karl Fischer, who passed away in March) is the applicant of record.
The building appears to benefit from a 2007 Bed Stuy South rezoning, which allows greater density and housing along the Fulton Street retail and transit corridor.
There will eventually be commercial space on the ground floor. The Brooklyn-based grocery store Lincoln Market will occupy some of that space, while Blink Fitness—a subsidiary of The Related Companies, the developer behind Hudson Yards currently in hot water over their chairman’s fundraising for President Trump—will take over the rest, according to the Commercial Observer.
Bicycle storage for 95 spaces and indoor recreation space will be in the cellar. Unusually, there will be 72 parking spaces on the second floor, served by a first-floor driveway, building permits show.
Residential units begin on the third floor, of which there will be 182 apartments total. More recreation space can be found on the roof.
Joseph Brunner is the developer and purchased the property for $19 million in 2014. The developers told the Housing and Land Use Committee of Community Board 3 that 37 units in the building will be dedicated to affordable housing, according to a story in Bklyner.
The corner where the new building now stands was once occupied by Popeye’s Chicken, while the rest of the property housed a number of small retail spaces and a Key Food, which were demolished in 2016. Construction began a year later in 2017.
This area has become highly congested over the last few years, thanks to the subway station, which houses the C train as well as the shuttle to Prospect Park, and the growth of development in nearby areas of Bed Stuy and Clinton Hill.
[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]
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