The high-rise development on the Williamsburg waterfront gets all the attention, but during Bloomberg’s term, it wasn’t the only area of northern Brooklyn that was rezoned for residential development.
Along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a number of “M”-zoned properties were designated for a broader range of uses, including light manufacturing, commercial, and residential (though in New York City’s housing-starved market, the last use generally wins out where allowed).
Prolific Williamsburg developer the Rabsky Group, led by Simon Dushinsky (who builds both for Hasids in and around South Williamsburg and hipsters in the rest of the hipper parts of the neighborhood), found a few such parcels, and is planning a 50-unit, seven-story residential building at 406 Manhattan Avenue, according to a permit application submitted earlier today.
The new apartment building would have its 50 apartments spread over 43,000 square feet of residential space, for an average unit size of around 860 square feet. The ground floor would have two units plus space for the superintendent, the second through sixth floors would have eight apartments each, and the penthouse level would have just three units. While no parking is indicated on the permit, by our count, the zoning code requires 25 spaces. (Confusingly, the number of apartments on the Schedule A filing also only totals 46, or four fewer than indicated on the main portion of the permit application.)
The three lots at the corner of Manhattan Avenue, Richardston Street, and Meeker Avenue (which runs alongside the BQE) were acquired by Rabsky for a total of $9.7 million earlier this year, or around $225 per buildable square foot. They currently house a few low-slung brick buildings, though no demolition permits have yet been filed.
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, also responsible for an affordable housing project at 59 Frost Street, on the other side of the BQE, submitted the permit application.
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