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MAP: 5 Buildings and Plaza Planned for Myrtle Near Old Pratt Post Office

By Janet Upadhye | December 11, 2014 8:37am
 Workers recently broke ground on Myrtle Avenue’s plaza, which will create 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space.
Workers recently broke ground on Myrtle Avenue’s plaza, which will create 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space.
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Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

CLINTON HILL — Five new buildings are planned for a small strip of Myrtle Avenue — where workers recently broke ground on a 25,000-square-foot public plaza.

Four blocks of the avenue — from Hall Street to Emerson Place — that currently house empty parking lots and one-story properties will soon be home to two seven-story mixed-use buildings, two six-story buildings and one five-story development.

Plans were recently filed to develop the lots that once housed Myrtle Car (525 Myrtle Ave.), White Castle (533 Myrtle Ave.) and Pratt Post Office (504 Myrtle Ave.), along with plans to build on top of New Sapolo Restaurant (501 Myrtle Ave.), Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership first reported.

Construction is almost complete on a seven-story building at 490 Myrtle Ave. and work has started on Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, a $6 million project that will include seating, lighting, drinking fountains and public art.

DNAinfo New York mapped and rounded up updates on Myrtle Avenue's construction boom:

490 Myrtle Ave.

Ground broke on a seven-story, 232-unit, mixed-use building at the corner of Hall Street in the summer of last year, blindsiding neighbors who were told about the building just days before construction started.

The development is nearly complete and Associated Supermarket will return to the ground floor along with a TD Bank branch.

501 Myrtle Ave.

Architects filed plans to build five stories atop the one-story building that houses New Sapolo Restaurant on Nov. 21. The addition would cost approximately $1.4 million and include 11 residential units. The plans are pending approval by the Department of Buildings.

504 Myrtle Ave.

HTO Architects filed plans on Oct. 21 to demolish the one-story structure that once housed Pratt Post Office. Five days later new plans were filed to construct a six-story, 92-unit residential building with commercial space on the ground floor in its place. The plans are pending approval.

525 Myrtle Ave.

Plans were filed with the Dept. of Buildings by Gerald J Caliendo Architect to construct a seven-story mixed-use building with 22 residential units and commercial plus community facilities space on the ground floor. The application is currently pending zoning approval.

533 Myrtle Ave.

The recently shuttered White Castle will soon be a five-story, mixed-use building with 27 residential units and retail on the ground floor. The architect when the plans were first filed was Karl Fischer, but Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership reported that he has been replaced. It is unclear who the new architect will be.

Demolition on the White Castle building will begin early next year, the Partnership reported.