Borough Park’s oldest Synagogue to be Demolished and replaced with condominiums!

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The Congregation Bethel of Borough Park Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in the neighborhood at 4024 12th Avenue, image by David Shor
The Congregation Bethel of Borough Park Synagogue, the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the neighborhood at 4024 12th Avenue, image by David Shor

From newyorkyimby.com

Permits have been filed for a six-story mixed-use building at 4024 12th Avenue, in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The site is five blocks away from the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station, serviced by the D train. The southern tip of Greenwood Cemetery is also seven blocks away. Waterfront Property Management LLC is behind the applications.

The project has been understandably controversial as it involves the demolition of Borough Park’s oldest Synagogue. Several community groups have voiced opposition, including a twitter account dedicated to the topic.

Should permits be approved, the 80-foot tall structure will yield 21,610 square feet, with 4,640 square feet dedicated to a new synagogue on the ground floor and cellar, and 15,870 square feet dedicated to residential use.

Nine apartments will be created, averaging 1,764 square feet apiece, indicating sizable condominiums.

Demolition permits of the existing three-story building have been filed. The expected completion date has not been announced.

According to the congregations’ Wikipedia site, this is the oldest synagogue building in Borough Park, and has been used by several different congregations. In 2017, trustees of the current owner of the 12th Avenue structure, Congregation Anshe Lubavitch, sold the building to developers, sparking controversy and a civil court case with some of the other members. Oy Vey!

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