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8-Story Residential Building Planned at Site of Missing Crown Heights Mural

By Rachel Holliday Smith | July 6, 2015 4:21pm | Updated on July 7, 2015 7:19pm

Goodbye Crown Heights mural, hello construction.

An eight-story building is set to be built on the Bergen Street lot where the oft-Instagrammed, yellow-and-blue "Crown Heights" mural went missing last month.

The new residential building at 876 Bergen St. near Classon Avenue will have 16 units in total, according to a permit filed with the city last week by Velocity Framers, a Borough Park-based developer. News of the project was first reported by New York YIMBY.

An LLC registered to the same address as Velocity Framers bought the vacant lot for $2.25M in June, according to property records — around the same time the bright, bubbly mural depicting the words “Crown Heights” on a field of cartoonish people went missing from the space’s fence.

Residents on the block say they saw a crew of workers taking the mural down as they cleared rubbish from inside the empty lot in the first week of June.

But the fate of the artwork — painted on large pieces of wood hung from the fence since last summer — is still unknown. The owners of the lot and the artist who created it, Crown Heights local and "Broad City" illustrator Mike Perry, did not return inquiries about where the painting ended up.