YIMBY has the first look for a Karl Fischer project coming to 1060 Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy, a planned five-story condo building with retail that will replace a car repair shop. Permits were filed back in September to build on the site, a 7,500-square-foot corner lot that fronts Clifton Place and Bedford and sits only a block from the Bedford-Nostrand G train station.
The rendering is fairly typical for Karl Fischer, whose designs became ubiquitous in Williamsburg and now appear on permit filings in every corner of Brooklyn. The facade will be patterned in contrasting dark gray brick and light gray panels, and a few apartments looking out over Clifton Place will have balconies. While it could definitely be more contextual, any project that brings more ground-floor retail to Bedford Avenue seems like a step in the right direction.
Plans call for 24 apartments spread across 22,474 square feet of residential space, along with 3,397 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The average apartment size is slightly larger than normal at 936 square feet, and developer Michael Gross of East Wing Construction told YIMBY the project would be condos. The filing seems more like a draft, and doesn’t include any parking—a clear violation of zoning rules and likely why the DOB disapproved the plan exam application in December. The development will also have a gym, lounge and 16 bike storage spots.
A single-story garage has already been demolished, but the developer still has to remove contaminated soil and underground tanks that remain from the property’s former life as a gas station. East Wing Construction picked up the property for $4,645,000 last year, after it hit the market for $5,500,000 in 2013. Construction is expected to begin in May.
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