80-Foot-Tall Apartment Building Could Replace Crown Heights Industrial Site

By Rachel Holliday Smith on June 13, 2014 10:55am 

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 A developer filed plans this week to build an eight-story apartment building at Franklin Avenue and Dean Street in Crown Heights.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A large, mixed-use former manufacturing complex is set to be converted into an eight-story residential and commercial property, according to its owner and records.

The space at the corner of Dean Street and Franklin Avenue could be torn down and replaced by a 100,000-square-foot building that would feature 119 units of housing and more than 18,000 square feet of commercial space, according to a permit application filed this week with the Department of Buildings.

The plans for the proposed new construction include a building that's 80 feet tall — the maximum height allowed by current neighborhood zoning restrictions. They were filed by the potential developer of the site, listed as 608 Franklin LLC, and would be built on and designed by ODA Architecture, according to the plans.

News of the filing was first reported by real estate blog New York YIMBY.

The sale to the new developer is pending but close to complete, according to the building’s current owner, Fabian Friedland, who put 1036 and 1046 Dean St. (also known as 608 and 614 Franklin Ave.) on the market last year for $18 million, according to an online listing.

Friedland bought the property in 2008 for $7.5 million, according to public records.

The sale would comprise only two-thirds of Friedland’s holdings on the block. He plans to keep 937 Bergen St., a 1900-era former brewery structure on the south end of block, for himself to convert into apartments, though he has not finalized plans, he said.

Friedland said the building has had many uses throughout the years, including as a storage company and lumber yard.

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