For the most part, prolific Brooklyn builder Boaz Gilad concentrates on buying land and filing permits for ground-up construction projects in areas like Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill, which are within a half-dozen subway stops of Manhattan.
But with land prices rising across central Brooklyn and the gentrifying fringe marching ever eastwards, the developer has started to dip his toes into an area that’s off the radar for most high-end builders: eastern Crown Heights. Sometimes known as Weeksville, the area around Utica Avenue has seen some low-end infill, but nothing whose design rises much above the lowly red brick-and-Fedders fare.
But now, Boaz Gilad has stepped in with a pair of permit filings for two identical six-story, 13-unit residential buildings, at 1308 and 1314 Lincoln Place, between Utica and Schenectady Avenues.
Each structure, designed by Upper West Side-based Feingold & Gregory Architects, would contain a bit over 8,600 square feet of net residential floor space. The units would be fairly small, barely larger than 650 square feet on average, but the sizes are to be expected for a relatively untested high-end market without much apparent demand for new family-sized rentals.
The ground floors of both of the buildings, which are only 40 feet wide, would be completely subsumed by the lobbies and parking garages, big enough for seven cars each. The rupture in the street scape and higher construction prices are regrettable, and can only be blamed on city politicians and the Department of City Planning for requiring them. Gilad is also including eight bike spaces in each building (of his own accord), which will take up a bit less that one-tenth the space of seven cars.
As far as we know, 1308 and 1314 Lincoln Place is the farthest east into Crown Heights that Gilad has ever ventured for ground-up construction, although he hasn’t abandoned the tonier western precincts of central Brooklyn. Just last week, for example, YIMBY spotted a new building permit application filed on behalf of the Malcolm X Boulevard-based developer for a 20-unit building at 929 Atlantic Avenue, in prime Clinton Hill.