In the year and a half since a proposed mall at Morgan and Bogart was announced, five alteration applications have been filed with the DOB for architectural and engineering work for the project. To date none have been approved.
When news of the proposed development broke in late 2012 broker Massey Knakal told reporters that the owners were planning to turn the former factory building into a “grittier Chelsea Market”, with possible retail, entertainment, restaurant and nightlife tenants. A hotel or hostel addition was also reportedly under consideration for the complex, which was to open in spring or summer of 2014.
DOB applications to date have only proposed subdividing the existing building, but renderings published on the architect’s website under the name Morgantown Center suggest that the developers are still reviewing options for a vertical enlargement.
Images for two schemes are shown, one with a seven-story tower addition, the other a two-story donut set on pilotis atop a hollowed-out base. The intended occupancy is unclear - a hotel would be as-of-right while apartments or condos would require rezoning. Though with the new administration floating “workforce housing in industrial areas”, a rezoning could be in the cards.