Up until the 1960s, before urban decline set in and the 1961 zoning code severely restricted densities throughout all of the city, Ocean Avenue was the center of a great building boom in Brooklyn, as single-family homes in neighborhoods like Flatbush and Midwood gave way to (what were then) modern, luxury apartment buildings, whose elevators and modern layouts distinguished them from the tenements and converted brownstones that many New York City renters lived in.
And about a decade ago, growth finally returned to this corner of the city. The recession put the latest building boomlet on hold, but as the housing market has recovered, we’ve started to see a number of new filings.
We can now add 2443 Ocean Avenue to the list, where a developer is seeking to erect a six-story, 28-unit building on a 65-foot-wide lot, just north of Avenue T.
The apartments would be fairly large – nearly 1,000 square feet on average, for a total residential floor area of 27,000 square feet. The site is located on the Madison side of the Homecrest/Madison border, with both neighborhoods sometimes considered to be the northern part of Sheepshead Bay. 2443 Ocean Avenue would have six apartments per floor starting on the second, and four on the sixth floor. Twenty-three parking spots would be included – more than required by code, a rarity in such a transit-accessible city.
The developer is Bernard Weingarten, vice president of Mesivta Haichel HaTorah, which has owned the property since 1975. The architect is Douglas Pulaski’s Bricolage Designs, which does a lot of work in this part of southern Brooklyn.
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