Permits Filed: 63 Columbia Street

63 Columbia Street63 Columbia Street vacant lot at center, Brooklyn waterfront in background, via Google Maps

For nearly half a century starting in 1961, the northernmost block and a half between Columbia Street and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Cobble Hill were “zoned out,” so to speak, from residential use. Since before World War II, a smattering of walk-up buildings have existed along the Columbia Street waterfront, but the M1-1 zoning prevented any more from rising, even as South Brooklyn rebounded in popularity towards the end of the twentieth century.

But that changed in 2008, when the blocks between Baltic and Congress Streets were rezoned, once again allowing residential use. A few new buildings went up on the water (well, actually overlooking a parking lot which is in turn on the water), plus a pop-up atop 69 Columbia Street.

Now, the Columbia Street block between Congress and Warren will take one more step towards completion, with a new building permit filed yesterday for 63 Columbia Street, on the corner of Congress and Columbia. There, Loomis McAfee Architects has filed for a six-story, 10-unit building, and the nearly 19,000-square foot structure will contain 14,215 square feet of net residential space, for a fairly healthy average apartment size of 1,420 square feet.

The permit was filed on behalf of Louis Greco’s Second Development Services – the same developer that’s doubling the size of a Schermerhorn Street seven-story prewar building building in downtown Brooklyn, which YIMBY featured on Monday.

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