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new building application was filed last week for a five-story building at 331 Saratoga Avenue in Ocean Hill. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is listed as the owner on the permit. The vacant lot has been city-owned since the late ’70s, according to public records.

The SLCE-designed development between Dean and Bergen streets will include 80 apartments spread across 61,080 square feet. It will also have storage for 40 bicycles, 15 underground parking spaces, recreation and community space, laundry and a computer room.

Half of the units will be for families earning below the poverty line, according to a 2013 Crain’s article. The complex will be called Bergen Saratoga Apartments and the developer is Dunn Development, it said.

The design could be interesting. SLCE is also the architect of 388 Bridge Street, Brooklyn’s tallest building, and Williamsburg’s 250 North 10th Street. GMAP

Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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Yesterday HPD put out a request for proposals for the first phase of a big development project in East New York called the Livonia Avenue Initiative. The first phase of the project involves the development of four city-owned sites on Livonia Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Williams Avenue; it’s supposed to bring around 225 low-income rentals and 68,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space to the corridor. All told, the initiative—which will have a few other phases and stretch into Brownsville—is supposed to result in around 791 units of affordable housing. The lots will be transferred to the developers for $1 apiece. GMAP