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Crown Heights grocery store will give way to nine-story residential tower

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The new building will have an even larger Key Food when it opens in 2019

Grocery stores being converted into residential buildings has become more the norm than an anomaly, and one such conversion is set to move forward in Crown Heights. In August, the owners of the Key Food 801 Washington Avenue announced plans to shut the business, and replace it with an apartment building. A developer has now filed plans for that building which will bring 37 new apartments to the neighborhood, YIMBY reports.

The site is owned by the Othman family, which has owned and operated the Key Food for over 40 years now, according to DNAinfo. Instead of selling the site to the developer, the Othmans have sold the air rights and decided to keep control of the property.

The developer, Happy Living Development (a prolific Brooklyn developer) plans to build a nine-story tower with the average apartment measuring just over 1,200-square-feet. There are also plans for a 19-car garage on the cellar level.

There is a silver lining to all of this however. For once, the neighborhood won’t lose a grocery store, but will gain a larger one. The Othmans plan to reopen a larger version of the existing Key Food at the base of the residential building when it is complete in 2019.

This also gives the developer more floor area, a tax break that could last up to 25 years, and fewer parking requirements. The Key Food site is also home to a few other businesses which will have to relocate once the development gets underway. They’re all expected to shutter sometime in February or March next year, with construction to get underway shortly after that.