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This empty lot at 62-41 Forest Ave. will become a U-shaped five-story, mixed-use building.

Plans for an oddly shaped five-story, mixed-use building on the edge of Ridgewood were approved last month by the Department of Buildings (DOB).

Diagrams show that half of the proposed U-shaped building — located at 62-41 Forest Ave., formerly part of the long-defunct Boss Motors car dealership — will be five stories, while the other half only rises four stories; and the dividing line cuts through the lot diagonally.

This division of stories is necessary because the plot of land sits in two distinct zones that, in examining the building plans, seem to be the result of a mapped, yet unbuilt portion of Greene Avenue. This swath cuts through the property on a bias.

As a result, the portion of the building closest to the neighboring Walgreens pharmacy is in an R6B zone with a C2-4 overlay, which allows for the five stories. The other portion of the building further away from the pharmacy is in an R5B zone, only allowing for four stories.

According to the plans, the proposed building will come with a cellar, 44 dwelling units, and 23 parking spaces — 15 parking spaces and eight accessory off street parking spots — along with 23 bicycle parking spots.

The cellar will be 12,326 square feet. The first floor will hold residential units, a community facility, and the commercial/retail space, while the second through fifth floors will all hold residential units.

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