From our perch in the Notsayin offices, we've noticed the two dueling auto parts yards on either side of Bergen just east of Washington are not long for this world.
In fact, the one on the north side at 767 Bergen has been cleared for at least the past several weeks. The lot was listed a year ago on Loopnet under the headline "Development site in hot new neighborhood" (ha, apparently Crown Heights is not only hot but also "new"!). The listing goes on to say the 15,000 sq ft lot has "approved plans for 43,000 sq ft residential. 42 units!" - but the listing is now "Off Market".
On the south side at 760-766 Bergen (Bergen Auto Parts - last mentioned on Brooklynian five years ago for the awesome new street art on its facade), in the past two weeks, the owner has cut up a cargo container (likely the cause of a couple of small fires Friday evening) and removed most of the neatly-stacked car doors and other parts. Could just be spring cleaning, but this off-the-cuff mention of the lot over on BK to the Fullest last month would suggest otherwise:
"It's hard to find this same value in Prospect Heights, even towards Crown Heights, when even the junkyard at 760-766 Bergen Street goes for $1.5M."
So while CB8 and the BSA (or DCP or whomever) go back and forth on potential variances for residential conversions in the zoned-industrial blocks east of Grand, it looks like the move from auto repairs to home improvements is already underway right next door.