Joining a long list of religious institutions being converted into residential buildings citywide, is a single-story church in Sunset Park. The Real Deal has learned that the church building at 6307 Fourth Avenue will be demolished to make way for a nine-story residential building with 73 apartments.
Plans filed with the the city’s Department of Buildings list Magnusson Architecture as the applicant of record. That’s the same architecture firm that’s also working on the redevelopment of the Sunset Park library into an affordable housing project.
At the church site, the 73 apartments will take up just under 50,000 square feet of space, so on average an apartment here will measure nearly 684 square feet. Aside from the residences, plans also call for a 7,600 square foot community facility, which will probably be located at the base of the building.
In many of the instances where churches are being converted into residential developments, smaller versions of them are planned to be included in the new structure, so it’s possible the same might happen here.
The trend of replacing religious buildings with residential developments has been going steady for several years now, but this year alone, plans were filed to replace three different churches in Harlem with residential projects. This Sunset Park development is now the latest to jump on that bandwagon.