Permits Filed: 946 Myrtle Avenue, Karl Fischer-Designed 10-Story Apartments

946 Myrtle Avenue, image from Google Maps946 Myrtle Avenue, image from Google Maps

This morning in The Real Deal, YIMBY read that developer Greystone picked up a pair of parcels on Myrtle Avenue, in Bed-Stuy, from Simon Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group, for a $50 million project. Karl Fischer had been hired as the architect, TRD wrote, and had designed a 27-unit, five-story building for the site, but Greystone is now exploring other options.

The Rabsky Group, based on nearby Flushing Avenue in the Hasidic section of northwestern Bed-Stuy, may be selling 529 Myrtle, but they’re not quitting the avenue entirely. Just this morning Karl Fischer filed for a new building permit for a substantial new project at 946 Myrtle Avenue, for a different Rabsky project. (Rabsky and Fischer have a number of projects throughout Brooklyn, and even in Manhattan, that they’re working on together.)

The filing calls for a 10-story building holding 166 apartments on the southwestern corner of Myrtle and Throop Avenues, replacing a Key Food and a small two-story walk-up. By using the air rights of the one-story industrial property next door, on the corner of Vernon Avenue and Throop, the structure would hold 125,000 square feet of net residential space (for a unit average of just 750 square feet, surely indicating rentals), with a 7,000-square foot retail space on the ground level. It would include a 107-space attended garage, with about two dozen more spots than required by the zoning code.

946 Myrtle Avenue, image from Bing Maps

946 Myrtle Avenue, image from Bing Maps

Sitting across from the Tompkins Houses, an eight-building public housing complex, any new market-rate housing would bring the immediate neighborhood a bit closer to mixed-income status, attracting wealthier Brooklynites (perhaps Pratt students, whose main campus is just a mile west down Myrtle) to a still fairly impoverished corner of Bed-Stuy.

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