The 21,906-square-foot development site at 109 Montgomery Street, in southwestern Crown Heights, has recently changed hands for $24.5 million. Cornell Realty is likely the new owner, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The site has been approved for a 12-story, 162-unit residential building, which YIMBY revealed renderings of back in October of 2015. The latest permits indicate the building will encompass 168,236 square feet. If the new owner builds the current plans, the residential units, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, should average 814 square feet apiece. Amenities include a 71-car underground garage, a pet spa, private residential storage, storage for 81 bikes, outdoor terraces on the ground, second, and rooftop levels, and a fitness center. Karl Fischer is the architect. Demolition permits indicate crews will begin to raze the existing single-story warehouse imminently. The site is located five blocks south of the Franklin Avenue stop on the 2/3 and 4/5 trains and Franklin Avenue Shuttle.
Itamar Bruhim, doing business as an anonymous Floral Park-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit mixed-use building at 737 Park Place, in western Crown Heights, located five blocks from the Franklin Avenue stop on the 2/3/4/5 trains. The structure will measure 4,378 square feet, and 1,254 square feet of that will be dedicated to ground-floor retail space. Above, one unit will be hosted on the second and third floor, and a second unit will be located in the fourth floor and penthouse level. The apartments should average a spacious 1,612 square feet, which means condominiums must be in the works. Roman Sorokko’s Little Neck-based Versatile Engineering is the applicant of record. The 20-foot-wide, 1,513-square feet lot is currently vacant.
Most of President Street in western Crown Heights is densely built out with townhouses, aging apartment blocks, a huge armory, and in some places, detached mansions. But every once in a while, the owner of a small commercial property bows to Crown Heights’ market pressures, either developing their property or selling it to someone who will.
It was in January that YIMBY last brought you an update on the eight-story, 106-unit residential project under construction at 608 Franklin Avenue (a.k.a. 1036 Dean Street), in northwestern Crown Heights, located five blocks from the Franklin Avenue stop on the C train and Franklin Avenue Shuttle. At the time, the structure was four stories above street level, but it has since topped out and is now receiving its windows, as seen in a photo by Tectonic. The structure will measure 125,350 square feet and its residential units should average 693 square feet apiece. Rental apartments are in the works, and configurations will include studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. Twenty-four of the apartments will rent at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Amenities include a 56-car parking garage on the cellar and ground floors, storage for 63 bikes, a lounge, a fitness center, an common outdoor area on the second floor, and a rooftop terrace. Yoel Goldman’s Brooklyn GC is the developer, with ODA New York is behind the design. Occupancy can probably be expected by the end of the year.
In January, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans for a new apartment building at 906 Prospect Place, between New York Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights North Historic District II. That plan is going forward, but with a new developer.