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October 5, 2014

Raymond Chan Architects plans new mixed-use development in Brooklyn

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Architect Raymond Chan and a group of developers have revealed plans to build ithe new mixed-use complex Eighth Avenue Centre on Eighth Avenue between 61st and 64th streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York.

Eighth Avenue Centre will be located next to Queens’ Flushing Commons and the Upper West Side’s Riverside Centre. It will include a three-storey Chelsea Market-style retail space, a 150-room hotel with ten floors, two 15-storey residential towers housing 350 apartments and a 17-storey office tower, reported The Brooklyn Paper.

"The master plan includes space for a public green and sculpture garden on the roof of the retail building." 

The master plan includes space for a public green and sculpture garden on the roof of the retail building, as well as a library, computer lab and space for a pre-kindergarten programme.

Chan said: "We’re trying to minimise impact to the adjacent area.

"We want to keep the traffic within the building itself. All loading and parking will be underground."

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Chan, along with his co-developers, purchased the site at 6200 Eighth Avenue in May for $51.1m from Andrew Kohen, who had previously approached Community Board 10 to build an 11-storey apartment complex and a Home Depot at the site. Though the community board consented to the plans, it also imposed conditions that Kohen did not find economically viable, so the project was dropped.

Community Board district manager Josephine Beckmann told the news agency that Chan must now renew the variance obtained by Kohen.

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