In the borderlands of East New York and Lindenwood, where Brooklyn meets Queens, property owner Luz Perez Ortiz has filed applications for two two-family residential buildings at 1460-1462 Blake Avenue. The development would measure 7,272 square feet in total, and its four residential units would average a spacious 1,818 square feet apiece. Each structure would rise three stories in height, although units would be located on the upper two levels only. The neighborhood, dubbed The Hole, is frequently subject to flooding and is severely disinvested in by the city. The site, however, is located just west of the most sunken streets, some of which are 30 feet below grade. Felix Tambasco’s Brooklyn-based Sears Tambasco Architecture is the applicant of record.
East New York
Last year, the de Blasio administration rolled out a program designed to encourage developers to build one- to four-family homes on small city-owned lots. Now the city has filed plans to develop townhouses on 16 vacant properties in East New York, Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
New building applications have been filed for nearly 300 units of affordable housing on city-owned lots near where the elevated 3 and L trains intersect on Livonia Avenue in East New York. It turns out that these plans are Phase II of the city’s big Livonia Commons project, which will bring 791 deeply affordable units, retail and community space to a rather desolate stretch of the neighborhood.
Aviram Chen, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 19 Malta Street, in East New York’s western neighborhood of New Lots. Located five blocks from the L train’s stop at New Lots Avenue, the structure will measure 4,222 square feet, which means units will average a rental-sized 704 square feet apiece. An existing garage structure will have to be demolished, but the lot is otherwise empty. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
The Institute for Community Living, a Cypress Hills non-profit that offers mental health services to low-income families, plans to dramatically expand its building at 2581 Atlantic Avenue near Broadway Junction.