A six-story mixed-use property taking over half a block in Bushwick has topped out and the exterior is almost done.
Located at 600 Bushwick Avenue, between Jefferson and Melrose streets, it replaces a two-story early 20th century commercial building that was built between 1908 and 1916, as well as another building next door at 592 Bushwick.
The main commercial building was used by a variety of companies over the years as a garage and stood out in the neighborhood for its bold blue color. In the mid-2000s, it was also the home of a DIY venue that was booked by Todd Patrick, a well-known organizer of independently produced concerts in Brooklyn, that was appropriately called “Above the Auto Parts Store.”
The Silent Barn, another well-known DIY venue, was once located right across the street.
A recent visit revealed most of the facade and windows are in place. Workers were busy on the ground floor and putting in windows and siding on the top story from the outside, using cherry pickers.
The developer is Cayuga Capital Management, who purchased the two lots for $525,000 in 2005. The firm is also behind a block-long development down the street at 616-628 Bushwick Avenue, which converted the Theobald Engelhardt-designed St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School into 99 apartments and removed the church’s iconic steeple.
David Butler of Hustvedt Cutler Architects is the applicant of record. Renderings show a facade of two different shades of grey, with cantilevered bump-outs on the front and corner of the building.
Permits show there will be 66 units total in the building. Retail and medical offices will be on the ground floor, and 32 parking spaces will be on the second floor. The top floor units will have access to private terraces on the roof.
The building is in a part of Bushwick teeming with development. Six blocks away, plans call for an existing circa 1889 Italianate house at 718 Bushwick Avenue to be replaced with a four-story, eight-unit residential building. Just a few blocks up Bushwick Avenue are the sprawling development sites that once made up the former Rheingold Brewery.
[Photos by Craig Hubert unless noted otherwise]
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