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Developer seeks rezoning to replace Greenpoint warehouse with nine-story apartment building

A look at the proposed building.
Rendering by SWA Architecture

A new, nine-story building is being planned a block away from the waterfront in Greenpoint.

The developer, Harry Einhorn, is asking for a rezoning in order to construct the building, located at 79 Quay St. The building will have a total of 83 apartments, 25 of which will be affordable, according to Einhorn.

Parking in the cellar will contain 29 spaces, and 10,584 square feet of retail space will be on the ground floor. It will take the place of a three-story warehouse, part of which is currently home to climbing gym GP81.

The rezoning request would permit medium-density residential development at a maximum FAR of 5.6. While the land use application has been filed, it has yet to be reviewed and certified by the Department of City Planning, which will kick off the ULURP process.

The site in 2016.Photo by Mark Wigler for PropertyShark

Einhorn has developed several projects in Brooklyn. His father, Victor Einhorn, who partnered with his son on a number of developments, was convicted of fraud in 2002 and unsuccessfully attempted to evict a Williamsburg senior and community center on Christmas Eve in 2013 after a rent hike.

The property was purchased for $16 million in 2016. Demolition permits have yet to be filed.

Renderings included in the Environmental Assessment Statement filed with DCP show a facade of tan brick, with the top two floors bearing a different, white facade and penthouse balconies. SWA Architecture is behind the design.

It will join a stretch of Greenpoint that is seeing a massive increase in development, including the five-building Calyer Place complex across the street at the former site of the Greenpoint Terminal Market and the massive, multi-building Greenpoint Landing development a few blocks north.

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.com.

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