Like much of Brooklyn, Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill is seeing many new buildings under construction. With almost a dozen construction projects underway or planned, it’s easy to loose track of what is being built where. To help keep it all straight, we’ve put together a recap of all the local projects.
Along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, there are 11 new construction projects currently under construction or planned. Combined, these projects will add 978 new housing units and 52,000 square feet of new ground-floor commercial space.
402 Myrtle Avenue
The site of a Chase Bank, at the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt Avenues, will see a four-story addition added above the branch. Plans filed in May 2017 call for 10 new housing units to sit above the bank, which plans to remain open during and after construction.
The project is designed by Isaac Stern Architects.
137 Carlton Avenue
Located just off of Myrtle Avenue, 137 Carlton Avenue currently houses a one-story building that was recently home to the deli Carlton Grocery. Plans filed in May 2017, still pending approval, call for a new five-story building, with six residential units.
The project is designed by Murat Mutlu Architect. A rendering of the new building has not yet been released.
341 Myrtle Avenue
Located between Carlton Avenue and Adelphi Street, 341 Myrtle Avenue is the long-time home of Worldwide Discount Store. The three-story building currently has two vacant floors above the discount store. New plans filed in April 2017 call for the demolition of the existing structure, with a new six-story building rising in its place. A 2,200 square foot commercial space would remain on the ground floor, with new eight housing units slated for above.
Plans submitted to the Department of Buildings are still pending approval.
504 Myrtle Avenue
Former site of the Pratt Station Post Office, between Grand Avenue and Ryerson Street, this new eight-story building will have 141 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. 28 apartments are slated to be filled through an affordable housing lottery, which took place earlier in 2017.
501 Myrtle Avenue
In November 2014, the owners of Sapolo restaurant filed plans to construction a new six-story building. The plans call for a 1,700 square foot commercial space on the ground floor, with ten units of housing above.
Sapolo Restaurant has closed to prepare for construction, with no plans announced as to whether or not the restaurant may return.
86 Fleet Place
The fourth and final Myrtle Avenue development by John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group will be a 32-story tower. The building will include 440 apartments, with 10,813 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Up to four storefronts are currently available to lease through Winick Retail Specialists.
The building was designed by Goldstein, Hill & West Architects.
134 Vanderbilt Avenue
The former Gulf Gas Station at the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt Avenues, which closed in 2014, is slated to see a new eight story building. Plans call for 46 apartments and 8,050 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
Though new building permits were issued in June 2015, construction work has not yet begun.
The property is being developed by All Year Management and was designed by ODA Architects.
Myrtle Avenue Plaza
Final construction activities are underway to build the new Myrtle Avenue Plaza, which will span two blocks alongside Myrtle Avenue between Grand Avenue and Emerson Place. Click here to read more details about the new 25,000 SF pedestrian space. The opening of the completed plaza is expected for summer 2017.
COMPLETED PROJECT: 531 Myrtle Avenue
Former site of White Castle, at the corner of Steuben Street, this new five-story development has 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor with 27 apartments above. Two commercial tenants have been announced, including the European Wax Center and The Commissary Kitchen.
COMPLETED PROJECT: 525 Myrtle Avenue
Former site of Myrtle Car Service, between Grand Avenue and Steuben Street, now holds a seven-story building with 22 apartments on the upper floors and 2,650 square feet of commercial condo space available on the ground floor.
The project is being developed by FBS Realty and was designed by Gerald J. Caliendo.
COMPLETED PROJECT: 491 Myrtle Avenue
This formerly vacant lot (which witnessed a building collapse in 2009), is home to a new five-story mixed-use building. The new building houses six new apartments and 1,220 square feet of commercial space, currently available to lease through Winick.
The project is being developed by MLR Holdings and was designed by Isaac Stern.
COMPLETED PROJECT: The Margo, 180 Myrtle Avenue
This fifteen-floor building holds 228 apartments on the upper-floors, with 10,603 square feet of commercial space and 500 square feet of community facility space on the ground floor. The building also houses a garage in the basement with 133 parking spaces. Up to ten groundfloor storefronts are currently available to lease, marketed by Winick Retail Specialists.
The property was ideveloped by Red Apple Development Group and was designed by Dattner Architects.
COMPLETED PROJECT: The Giovanni, 81 Fleet Place
This fifteen-floor building houses 205 apartments on the upper floors, with 11,773 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The building also includes a 150-space commercial parking garage.
Up to five storefronts available to lease through Winick Retail Specialists. Three storefronts have already been leased to Wine Legend, a full-service wine shop, Gold Coast Bank (now open), and an independently-owned accountant.
The property was developed by Red Apple Development Group and was designed by Dattner Architects.
Room for Local Business Growth
The new buildings rising on Myrtle Avenue will bring many new storefronts and opportunities for the commercial district to serve the daily needs of local residents. In total, these 11 buildings will add up to 26 new storefronts, growing Myrtle Avenue’s commercial footprint by 13%.
“In conversations with property owners and brokers of these new spaces, we’ve advocated for businesses that are most in demand by local residents. Our recent consumer surveys and a district retail assessment found opportunity in sectors like specialty food shops (butchers and ice cream), family clothing, boutique retailers, and services like gyms and urgent care, so we’ve focused our business attraction efforts in these categories.”- Meredith Phillips Almeida, Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership