CROWN HEIGHTS — Demolition started this week on a former laundry facility in Crown Heights to make way for a seven-story residential building — one of several large building projects coming to the area soon.
Construction fencing is up and workers are starting initial demolition work at the former Sea Crest Linen building at 931 Carroll St. near Franklin Avenue to make way for a 69-unit apartment building, according to building permits filed by developer Cornell Realty in late March.
The seven-story, 54,000-square-foot building will be designed by architect Karl Fischer, who is also designing two large projects nearby: a four-tower, 209-unit complex in another former Sea Crest facility on Crown Street and Franklin Avenue; and a 12-story, 173-unit building on the site of a former Brooklyn Botanic Garden building on Montgomery Street near Washington Avenue.
Plans to demolish the existing one-story commercial building on Carroll Street were approved by the Department of Buildings in late April, documents show.
The property is one of dozens of mostly residential projects underway in the area where a debate over changing land use rules to reign in development has roiled the local community board in the last year.