Cammeby’s has officially opened its new state-of-the-art commercial and retail building in the Neptune/Sixth Destination Neighborhood in Coney Island.
626 Sheepshead Bay Road is a seven-story, 161,000 s/f office with large, continuous floor plates. The building’s total square footage is already 50 percent leased, with retail tenants that include DII Store, I & M Liquor, Krupa Card Store, Danny’s Café Express, and a branch of the United States Post Office.
“I welcome 626 Sheepshead Bay Road to Brooklyn’s rich economic landscape,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “As we continue the revitalization of Coney Island, the commercial and office tenants who will call this new building home will be joining a vibrant community that is on the rise.”
“We wanted the 626 Sheepshead Bay Road to be a catalyst for the neighborhood,” said Jacob Cohen, executive vice president of development at Cammeby’s. “The building is meeting a need for modern commercial and retail space in Coney Island, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of identifying this opportunity and addressing the demand.”
The curtain wall at 626 Sheepshead Bay Road uses a frit pattern to echo the look of surrounding redbrick buildings.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of Coney Island’s Luna park, the Cyclone roller coaster, the Manhattan skyline and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Designed by New York-based S9 Architecture, Neptune/Sixth is a community-oriented development, set to be home to a diverse mix of both retail shops and service-oriented business, while adding new amenities that the community can use and share, including parking.
“Cammeby’s is invested in the development of Coney Island and Brighton Beach,” Cohen added. “We are Brooklyn-based and it’s been exciting to watch the area recover from Hurricane Sandy and flourish.”
The building is the most flood-resilient building in South Brooklyn. To be in compliance with new post-Hurricane Sandy DOB/FEMA regulations, the building is designed so that the retail component on the first floor sits on a 4f t. raised platform.
The retail is then further protected against flooding by a ring of hyper-durable, 2 ft. 9 ins. of flood-proof aquarium glass. This enabled the building to retain a modern, glass-and-steel aesthetic, while meeting new stringent FEMA requirements.