The triangle of land bounded by Grand Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Prospect Place, on the border between Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, is zoned for residential use, but you wouldn’t know that by just looking at it. The block, with its small and irregularly sized lots, is dominated by Master Auto Repairs, with the sidewalk on Grand almost completely consumed by cars parked by the auto body shop (illegally, we’re guessing, since as far as we know, there is no city program to deed sidewalk space for car parking).
But the forlorn strip of land is zoned for housing, and one developer is finally taking advantage of that. Over the week, a permit application was filed for a new four-story mixed-use building at 406 Prospect Place, to be designed by Issac & Stern.
The developer – listed on the permit as Level One Holdings, led by Shlomi Avdoo and based at an address shared by MySpace NYC, the Brooklyn-centric realtor – is seeking to erect a building with a 960-square foot retail space on the ground floor, topped by two apartments. With a total residential floor area of 2,200 square feet, the apartments should each be around 1,100 square feet – a fairly generous size that could be either condos or rentals, though the affiliation with MySpace suggests the latter.
The lot is a mere 53 feet deep and 21 feet wide, which is perhaps why it has yet to be developed, despite builders otherwise now venturing much farther into Crown Heights. The city turned the land over to Prospect Heights Church of Christ in 1979 (its previous owner presumably abandoned it and didn’t pay their taxes around the time much of the city was slipping into decline), and it was recently sold, price unknown, to the current developer.
It’s only a matter of time till the largest parcel on the block, currently home to Master Auto Repairs, is sold to a developer, and its 16,000 square feet of development rights finally realized.
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