CROWN HEIGHTS — Thirteen new apartments are set to replace two floors of vacant office space in a Crown Heights building this year, adding more residential square footage to a property that includes a 14-story apartment building, parking garage and methadone clinic.
A representative from Alma Realty Corp., which owns the apartment building at 467-75 St. Marks Ave. and the connected garage and clinic at 880 Bergen St. through an LLC, said the company is looking to convert space once used by medical offices on first and second floors of the St. Marks side of the property into 13 apartments soon.
The company filed building permits for the project with the city on Monday, estimating the cost of the project at about $470,000.
Though the Department of Buildings permits — first spotted by users of Brooklynian.com — are filed under the Bergen Street address, the Alma representative said the project will not affect the methadone clinic on the site, operated by Interfaith Medical Center.
Permits for 13 new residential apartments were filed Monday at 880 Bergen St., the address of an Interfaith Medical Center methadone clinic in Crown Heights, but a representative of the building's owner said the units will in fact be built inside vacant medical offices in a 14-story building located behind the clinic, pictured here at far left. (Photo credit: DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith)
Once the permits are approved by the city, Alma said the build-out will be “relatively quick,” but there is no specific time frame for the project.
The building is on a block surrounded by new and soon-to-be construction sites. To the northeast, work is well underway at 608 Franklin Ave., an 8-story residential building, and directly to the west, the 147-unit 505 St. Marks Ave. is wrapping up construction and will likely start renting soon.
And just north of the Alma building, Crown Heights’ community board is looking to study changing zoning rules to allow more residential construction in the neighborhood's six-block manufacturing zone between Grand and Franklin avenues.
A company controlled by Alma bought the 467-75 St. Marks Ave. and 880 Bergen St. properties from Interfaith in 2003 for $20 million, deeds and records show.