Boaz Gilad, perhaps central Brooklyn’s most prolific builder, has made a name for himself with projects centered around neighborhoods like Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill. But with land becoming increasingly dear and gentrification skyrocketing east across Brooklyn, Gilad and builders like him are seeking out sites much farther from the city’s core, in areas like the Weeksville subsection of Crown Heights, around and past Utica Avenue.
One such project can be found at 1312 Lincoln Place. Applications for a pair of new six-story buildings were submitted towards the end of last year, for 1308 and 1314 Lincoln Place (called No. 1312 on the rendering we’ve obtained). The site is on the narrow two-lane street just a block north of Eastern Parkway, mid-block between Schenectady and Utica avenues.
The pair of buildings is planned to have 26 apartments between them, spread over a bit more than 17,000 square feet of residential space, for an average unit size of around 660 square feet – the minimum allowed by zoning and normally indicative of rentals, although in the past Gilad has focused on condos, and the design as rendered lacks the PTAC units beneath the windows that normally mark properties as rentals.
The design is attractive enough, although the ground floor, dominated by parking, leaves something to be desired. Unfortunately, the architects (Feingold & Gregory are on the permit, but RoArt appears to be the design architect) didn’t have much choice – the zoning code requires parking (14 spaces will be included, the minimum allowed) and disallows ground-floor retail, leaving the developer with no economical choice other than to build the first floors as parking garages.
The development site was acquired in May of last year for a bit over $2 million, or around $120 per buildable square foot.
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