BUSHWICK – An unusual residential development is coming to Bushwick Avenue, with the latest renderings showing a pair of structures rising on either side of a church—which will stay an active house of worship.
The Calvary & St. Cyprian’s church has stood at 964 Bushwick Avenue for 115 years, a Gothic brick icon that will soon share space with modern apartment buildings.
Two 75-foot tall buildings will yield 48 apartments built on roughly 40,000 square feet, along with a community facility that will occupy 11,300 square feet. The 48 apartments will be the usual mix of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, but will also include two three-bedroom duplexes on the lower floors.
While the renderings are still basic, designers at Think! Architecture said they are attempting to find “a modern architectural language sympathetic to the historic structure between residential blocks.”
The larger of the two buildings will rise on the space currently occupied by the church’s parking lot. On the other side, a narrower building will replace the church’s rectory, which was purchased by developers Royalton Capital for $2.5 million this past June.
While the new building is still going through the permitting process, demolition permits for the rectory at 962 Bushwick Avenue are on file with the Department of Buildings.