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‘Key’ to the plans

Between places: A rendering of the piazza-style space between two buildings that will replace the Fifth Avenue Key Food in Park Slope.
Avery Hall Investments

A six-story building that will replace the Key Food on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope will include space for a ground-floor supermarket, according to plans filed by developer Avery Hall Investments on Oct. 10.

The two-buildings development will be separated by a public square, with the larger, 73-foot-tall structure at the corner of Baltic Street and a smaller, 44-unit building near Sterling Place atop the beloved supermarket’s parking lot.

The larger structure will include 120 apartments according to filings with the Department of Buildings. The filing for the smaller building is still being processed by the city, according to a spokeswoman for the developer.

The Baltic Street building will tower over neighboring three and four-story structures thanks to modification to the city’s Baltic Street Urban Renewal Plan, which had capped building heights within it to 40 feet.

Community Board 6 in August endorsed the modification that allows the developer to build up to 75 feet after Avery Hall agreed to alter its original plans to include space for a large supermarket, and offer 41 out of the 164 apartments at below-market rates.

The planned 22,000-square-foot grocery will be slightly smaller than the Key Food, but about twice the size of the nearest Key Food on Seventh Avenue, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who negotiated with Avery Hall alongside delegates representing 10 civic and tenants associations.

As part of its agreement with community members, the developer has agreed to select an operator for the grocery store from a pre-approved list — the agreed upon roster excludes more expensive vendors such as Eataly and Whole Foods — which will be offered a minimum 20-year lease for the market space.

The complex will also include 30,000-square feet of additional retail space, along with an underground parking garage for 200 cars and a bike park able to fit 154 bicycles, according to Department of Buildings filings.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Two for one: The mixed-use complex replacing Key Food will feature two buildings, including a larger six-story building at the corner of Baltic Street and Fifth Avenue, along with a four-story building near Sterling Place.
Avery Hall Investments

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