Developers have been filing plans left and right for new apartment buildings on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush lately, and today’s crop of filings comes at 1499 and 1499A Nostrand Avenue, at Erasmus Street, just south of Church Avenue.
Developer Astral Weeks, led by the Roubenis, has plans to build a pair of identically-sized four-story, eight-unit buildings, each of which would hold 5,632 square feet of rentable floorspace. Bricolage is the architect of record, and rentals are more likely than condos, given the emerging market for new development in this part of town.
These applications follow last week’s filings from the same builder for an identical pair of buildings just a few doors down, at 1471 and 1475 Nostrand. They may also be joined by a much larger 23-story tower by Hello Living, at 1580 Nostrand.
The buildings are not very dense, an unfortunate product of the ahistorical zoning along this stretch of Nostrand Avenue. Before urban decline set in and the 1961 zoning straitjacket was imposed on New York City, developers were eagerly snapping up single-family house and small tenements in Flatbush and redeveloping them into five- and six-story New Law tenements. These buildings, which are found both to the north and south of the site in question, can be a third denser (or more) than what’s currently allowed – an irrational situation given that the nearby B/Q and 2/5 trains are still under capacity.
Still, piecemeal infill is beneficial. No completion dates for either 1499 or 1499A Nostrand Avenue have been announced.
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