Gowanus is, for the most part, closed off to residential developers. But if you can find one of the underutilized lots between Bond and Hoyt Streets, on the western edge of the mostly-industrial neighborhood, there are still a few opportunities to build new housing without groveling to the city for permission.
Anthony Malfi, a Staten Island-based developer, has found one such opportunity. On Thursday, Gravesend-based NSC Architecture filed for permits to build two adjacent residential buildings at 326 and 328 Bond Street.
Between the two buildings – one three stories, the other four – around 8,000 square feet of residential space would be built, divided amongst eight separate apartments. One building will contain four units of 800 square feet, and the other, four units of 1,500 square feet.
Whether industrial space in Gowanus should be sacrificed for more valued housing is up for debate, but the R6B zoning on this block, where residential space is allowed, is not contextual. The current zoning only allows floor-area ratios of two, while the buildings to the north of it on the same block are denser than this.
With permits now up, and site prep minimal, construction of 326 and 328 Bond Street is likely imminent.
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