Most of Manhattan Beach is zoned only for single-family homes – which wealthy southern Brooklyners have taken to tearing down to replace with mega-homes, not unlike those in Gravesend and parts of Midwood – but on the far western edge of the neighborhood, on West End Avenue near Brighton Beach, there are parcels still zoned for mid-rise development.
One developer found a large piece of land at 104 West End Avenue, at the corner with Oceanview Avenue, and plans to erect a fairly large, six-story condo building on the site.
YIMBY’s got a rendering of the project, whose sometimes curvy façade combines masonry with floor-to-ceiling windows with protruding balconies.
“The design of the building reflects the ocean character [of] the surrounding environment,” writes Sheepshead Bay-based architect Zproekt, “while projecting the area into the future.” They’ve also taken into account the potential for flooding, with the at-grade commercial spaces protected against damage and the residential uses higher up, safe from rising waters.
The 48 apartments will be spread over a bit more than 66,000 square feet of residential space, for a large average unit size of 1,375 square feet, with a number of duplex condos. They’ll sit atop 9,500 square feet of commercial space, and nearly 1,000 square feet of community facility space.
104 West End Avenue will have 76 car parking spaces in a bilevel garage (or 71, if you believe the Schedule A rather than the main application). This is far more than required by zoning, which is rare, but apparently necessary on this site due to the relative wealth of the likely condo buyers and the distance to mass transit and Manhattan.
The developer (a Sheepshead Bay-based LLC associated with Natalia Sorkin) picked up the property (a weed lot holding a defunct one-story ’40s commercial building) in early 2014 for $8.7 million, or $113 per buildable square foot.
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