Neighbors of the long-neglected lot at 1515 Avenue Z, formerly occupied by a gas station and mechanic, have noticed a lot of work going on in the last two weeks, as contractors cleared out the overgrowth and garbage. That’s because the property is now in new hands, and the owner – a developer with several properties in the area – is moving forward with plans to add parking.

After several years on the market, 1515 Avenue Z (a.k.a. 2554 East 16th Street) moved to auction last year, where it was purchased by October Sky LLC for $4.75 million – just under $3 million shy of the price the old owners paid in 2004. Construction crews hit the property in late January, clearing out weeds and debris, and are now tearing up the concrete and creating a new supporting barrier for the easement along the Brighton Line train tracks it borders. According to Department of Building records, October Sky has received permits to tear down the one story garage – the only structure on the 22,400 square foot lot.

According to George Krasanakis, a partner in October Sky, they plan to “just use it for parking.” Asked whether it would be a garage or a lot, Krasanakis told Sheepshead Bites that they “don’t have the answers for that yet”

It’s not the first time October Sky has attempted to add parking in the area. The developer previously filed plans to build a nine story mixed-use building across the street at 1508 Avenue Z (a.k.a. 1501(c) Sheepshead Bay Road), filling it with offices and a 101-car parking garage.

Those plans were nixed, however, after local leaders blasted it, saying that it would create a traffic nightmare to have a valet parking garage of that size on congested Avenue Z.

That left October Sky with a problem, since another of their nearby properties – the triangular office building on Sheepshead Bay Road and East 14th Street – was built without adequate parking, and the nine story garage was intended to correct the problem.

But whether the new property will only be for parking is still in question. There are no building plans filed with the Department of Buildings for 1515 Avenue Z. And Krasanakis noted that they’re “not 100 percent sure what we’re going to do.”

The previous owner of the property held approved plans to build a 14-story building, packed with 30 residential units atop a glass pedestal of 5,000 square feet of retail space, a 23,300-square-foot office space, 10,000 square feet of healthcare facilities, and 186 parking spaces.

Krasanakis told Sheepshead Bites that October Sky won’t be implementing those plans.

“They’re very outdated,” he said.

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  • Georgia

    This is on East 16th and Ave Z not East 17th.
    YAH we need a parking lot in the neighborhood about time.  But at the same time it is going to cause congestion on AVE Z depends were they are going to put the entrance & exit. I would have to see the layout on how they are going to do this.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      Doh! Thanks for catching that. We fixed it.

      As for more parking in the area, we don’t know if it’ll be open to the public. It may just be for the tenants of his other properties. Also, in terms of congestion, it could add to Ave Z’s problems, but given that it’s a more spacious property it could allow for entering and exiting much more easily than the attended parking garage this developer proposed across the street. In that situation, despite the architects assertions, it didn’t appear there was enough room to move cars around inside the garage, so the valet would need to pull them out into the street, run in, get another car, pull that out, get out, go back in the first car, pull that in… etc etc etc. That was the fear. If this is a lot with a wide open entrance/exit, it won’t likely be a problem.

      • BrooklynBus

        I guess I am partially to blame for the traffic on Avenue Z because of all the bus routes I put there. But it is still less congested than Voohies.

        • Georgia

          LOL You go BrooklynBus no problem 

        • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

          yeah dude, ya hadda put the 36,4,49  all on Z. Move some of that shit onto Emmons again!

          • BrooklynBus

            I can’t move anything anymore. But they could run some of the 49s straight on Ocean during KCC arrival and dismissal times, but they won’t.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          One is never supposed to cheerfully take the blame for anything. Responsibility, Yes! But never the blame. Responsibility has the air of insightful action. Blame, implies not such a wise set of decisions. It is quite important that we always perceive you as wise. We have so few people to look up to, especially in the field of transportation planning.

      • Georgia

        Thank you Ned for the information lets see what happens. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s going to be nice seeing this eyesore fixed after so many years.
    It’s looked like crap (as most old gas stations do) for as long as I can remember.
    I reserve judgement though, until I see what effect it has on traffic on Ave, Z and on E16th Street.

    • Lilly

      look at it this way,,,onthe corner of east 17 st theres a car wash that holds up traffic down Ave Z…There are all the buses yes, the 36, 49. 4,all goin in the same path…so How much worse can it get?Really…

  • Anonymous

    Looks like real estate in Sheepshead bay was the best investment.The land prices are incredible.

  • Chris B

    We have to think of something better than a parking lot, but I have also heard worse ideas. 

    • Lilly

      I WOULD THINK OF A CONVENIENCE STORE ON THE CORNER FOR THE AREA PEOPLE, THE RESIDENTS ON EAST 16 STREET TO GO TO IF THE NEED A QUICK SOMETHING, MILK, BREAD, ETC…SOMETHING WORTH WAITING FOR…NOT ANNOTHER NAL PLACE, OR BEAUTY SALON..SOMETHING USEFUL WOULD BE NICE THOUGH IM NOT ALL AGAINST THE PARKING LOT…THERES NO PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO PARK…

  • Chris B

    Oh what ever happened back in the day, because I remember that land being condemned. 

    • Butterfly484

      YES AFTER IT WAS NO LONGER A GAS STATION , FOR SO LONG IT REMAINED UNOCCUPIDE SAYING THE LAND WASNT GOOD TO BUILD HOMES THERE BECAUSE OF THE LAND BEING CONDEMED…SO, YES I REMEMBER IT WELL, I USED TO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET…I REMEMBER THE GAS STATION AND THE SHEPHARD DOG THAT USED TO HANG THERE TOO…

  • http://garagelightinglighting.com/ Hareluyacos

    I am opposed to add parking!

    • LILLY

      THERE’S REALLY NO PLACE TO PARK IN THE SHEEPSHEAD BAY AREA..EXCEPT FOR THE MUNIMETER LOT, WHERE DO PEOPLE PARK? ITS ALL BUILDINGS GOING UP, THEN …WHAT CONTINUE TO LEAVE IT EMPTY FOR RATS TO KEEP REPRODUCING, INVITING POSSUMS, AND ALL OTHER CREATURES? AT LEAST THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING WITH THE PROPERTY…