Sunset Park

New year, new development mooted for Sunset Park, Dyker Heights’ Eighth Avenue

January 8, 2019 By Helen Klein Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A rendering of the proposed development for 6418 Eighth Ave.

The already teeming Eighth Avenue corridor on the border of Sunset Park and Dyker Heights could see even more new development, as one more player has entered the area with plans for a multi-story mixed-use commercial/residential building.

Getty Realty Trust, which owns the property at 6418 Eighth Ave. — a lot at the corner of 65th Street that is the site of a long-standing gas station — is looking to construct an eight-story development with 48 apartments, and with commercial space on the first and second floors.

To do so, it needs a pair of zoning changes, one to change the use of the property from manufacturing to commercial/residential and another — mandated by the city in such cases — to require any construction on what would be newly-rezoned property to include a certain percentage of affordable housing.

Should the rezoning take place (which requires a long review process, known as ULURP, beginning at the community board level and ending with the City Council), the property could be the third in a small stretch of Eighth Avenue to be redeveloped.

Already in the pipeline (and currently undergoing environmental review) is a development for 6200 Eighth Ave., a parcel of land that was rezoned a decade ago for a significantly more modest project that never came to fruition.

The project currently moving forward for that site would incorporate a two-story retail complex, functioning as the base for a total 12-story residential tower with 250 apartments fronting on Seventh Avenue, with a 12-story commercial tower fronting on Eighth Avenue and an 11-story hotel tower planned for mid-block.

In addition, the MTA is seeking a developer for the air space over the train tracks running between 61st and 62nd Streets, between Eighth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway. That project could be even larger than the one currently being reviewed for 6200 Eighth Ave., as the MTA indicated in its December 2017 Request for Proposals that it wanted a developer who would “maximize revenue for MTA’s capital program.”

For a South Brooklyn angle on this article, visit our sister paper The Brooklyn Reporter.

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