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7-Story Building with Valet Parking May Be Headed to Bushwick

By Serena Dai | July 1, 2014 5:13pm
 This one story commercial property on Flushing Avenue may be replaced by a seven-story mixed-used building.
This one story commercial property on Flushing Avenue may be replaced by a seven-story mixed-used building.
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BUSHWICK — A seven-story mixed-used building with a day care, elevators and valet parking may be popping up in Bushwick near the Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg border.

Upper Class Development LLC, which took over the deed for 810 Flushing Ave. on Monday, has applied for a zoning change to build a property with 42 residential units, commercial space and a day care facility, city records show.

A cellar level would have parking for 34 cars and 21 bikes, and an attendant would be available 24 hours a day to park cars, Upper Class's application shows.

The 68-foot tall building would also have nearly 6,500 square feet of retail space. A day care in the building would occupy more than 9,000 square feet.

Currently, a one-story building with a deli and a dollar store occupy the lot.

Calls to architect Charles Mallea and the developer were not immediately returned.

The zoning application is still pending.

The proposed development is a sign of demand from people creeping south from Williamsburg to live in more affordable, bigger spaces with roommates, said Jonathan Tager, MNS Real Estate's Brooklyn director.

The area is popular because of its proximity to the action, gyms and major drugstores and easy access to the JMZ train lines, experts said.

But it doesn't mean the area around Flushing and Broadway will transform into a pricey "hipsterville" the way Williamsburg did, real estate experts said.

The residential area around Flushing and Broadway already has a community living in it, whereas much of Williamsburg's renovations happened in former industrial buildings, Tager said.

In fact, it's the "opposite side of the spectrum" from the area around the Bedford L train stop, said David Maundrell, president of real estate company aptsandlofts.com.

Despite some new buildings coming in due to the convenience of the train and Flushing and Broadway's commercial strip, less change has happened there over the last decades due to longtime residents, he said.

"I don't see it being such a drastic change," Maundrell said. "There's a lot of people with roots in the neighborhood who aren't going anywhere."