As prices rise throughout brownstone Brooklyn and condo developers bid up the price of sites that normally would have gone rental, apartment builders aiming for a lower price point are pushing deeper into central Brooklyn to find land to build on.
South Williamsburg-based developer Simon Kaufman ended up in northern Bed-Stuy, where he plans to erect a six-story building at 875 Dekalb Avenue, between Throop Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard, per a new building application filed with the Department of Buildings yesterday.
The apartment building, with Charles Mallea listed as the architect, will have 30,553 square feet of net floor space, nearly 24,000 of which would be usable for residential purposes. Thirty-five units would be built on the 80-foot-wide lot, yielding an average apartment size of less than 700 square feet. The relatively small units combined with the marginal location suggests rentals, but YIMBY could not get in touch with the developer to confirm.
The building will, however, have relatively high ceilings – it’ll rise 70 feet into the air, resulting in an average floor-to-floor height of 11 feet, eight inches. No off-street parking will be included in the project (which is confusing, since in an R6A zone in the outer boroughs, 18 spots would normally be required for a 35-unit building).
The transit access should make the building appealing to those working in Brooklyn (the G train is a few blocks away) or Manhattan (so is the J/M/Z), but 875 Dekalb is also just a mile from Pratt University, whose students flock to apartments in the area, especially to the west of Pratt, where rents are lowest.
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