The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Zoinks! Another Big Plot Gobbled Up

from DNA Info

There goes Sea Crest Linen...

Rachel Holliday Smith at DNA Info kicks it into high gear, reporting this time on a big new development in our midst. The Q hasn't time today to spend on this one, but from Smith's article:

CROWN HEIGHTS — A former commercial laundry facility near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Medgar Evers College has been sold to a real estate company with experience in multimillion-dollar development projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Cornell Realty Management bought 46 Crown St. on March 27 for $14.5 million, according to public records. The lot contains three one-story buildings and a smokestack on the eastern half of a city block split by the Franklin Avenue Shuttle. 

The buildings once housed Sea Crest Linen, a commercial laundering company also known as Central Laundry Service Corp. The 38,000-square-foot site has been used by various laundry companies since at least 1935, according to building records.


Anonymous said...

NB: This site is apparently zoned R7A. So, it'd be legal to build a large apartment building there.

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Not that the Q's opinion is good for much, but I'm much less concerned about height here than right along the park. Still, the density will be really intense over there, with likely more to come. It's only a matter of time before someone offers enough for the Spice Factory.

The Snob said...

Density is right. When BBG has something like the Cherry Blossom thing happening, you can't get up or down Flatbush, Washington, or Franklin Aves. for love or money. (Unless of course you walk. But Snobs don't walk!) Up at the northern end of Lefferts, it's starting to feel a little claustrophobic.

Alex said...

The spice factory is totally next to go. Sad. I'll miss the smells.

Separate question, though, but on the subject of development: what is the deal with the abandoned shells of buildings on Flatbush, I think the addresses are 602 and/or 604? They've just been sitting there rotting for years, giving off the appearance of blight. Would be great to see them house businesses and people.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Alex, there is a lot at 931 Carroll Street that apparently just sold as well. It's right near the Franklin Avenue Shuttle tracks. All along those tracks up to Eastern Parkway is zoned R7A, I believe. source:

Is the spice factory on the market?

The Snob, from what I've seen the traffic on Washington was worse than traffic on Flatbush during Sakura Matusri at BBG. (Why people insist on driving when there are perfectly good mass-transit options nearby baffles me.)

Clarkson FlatBed said...

Golembeck Spice - definitely not on the market, yet. Spice up the price and it'll sell real nice.