Applications, originally filed in 2013, have surfaced for a three-story, five-unit residential building at 123 Franklin Avenue, in northwestern Bedford-Stuyvesant. The building will measure 8,300 square feet, so units will average a spacious 1,660 square feet. The property owner is Sruly Rosenburg, and Julien Flander is the applicant of record. Demolition was approved for the existing three-story townhouse in June.
Deep in the Hasidic territory at the northern edge of Bedford-Stuyvesant, old industrial buildings bump up against new apartments with staggered balconies alongside kosher grocery stores and bakeries. The neighborhood is dotted with new synagogues and yeshivas, built to keep up with the fast-growing population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. And every once in a while, an organization takes over an old factory to convert it, instead of tearing it down.
Yeshiva Ahavas Israel, headquartered in a curved, 1920s brick factory at Franklin and Flushing Avenues, found one such industrial building nearby at 88 Walworth Street. Earlier this week, they filed plans to convert the low-slung structure between Park and Myrtle Avenues into a house of worship.
Property owner Jia W Yu, operating under an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 850 Putnam Avenue, in eastern Bedford-Stuyvesant. The building will measure 8,330 square feet, which means units will average 1,040 square feet each. Anthony Lee’s AJR Architecture is the architect of record, and an existing two-story home must first be demolished.
Abe Leser’s Mapleton Group has acquired the two-story, 115,000 square-foot commercial building at 2440 Fulton Street, in Ocean Hill — within walking distance of Broadway Junction and LIRR’s East New York station — for $33 million. The property has 40,000 square feet of available air rights, but could accommodate a new commercial building of 155,000 square feet if demolished. Plans for the site have not yet been disclosed, according to The Real Deal.
Bedford Realty, doing business under Spencer Estates LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 216 Spencer Street, a vacant lot in the northwestern corner of Bedford-Stuyvesant near the Bedford-Nostrand stop on the G train. The building will measure 6,680 square feet, which means units will average 835 square feet. Jeffrey Kamen is the applicant of record, and the site’s former three-story occupant was demolished in 2001.