Permits Filed: Issac & Stern-Designed 157 Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy

157 Tompkins Avenue (vacant lot and adjacent three-story building), image from Google Maps157 Tompkins Avenue (vacant lot and adjacent three-story building), image from Google Maps

The northern part of Bed-Stuy is strewn with vacant lots, many left over from the postwar years of abandonment and disinvestment. But the blighted holes in the city scape have now become viable development sites, and bit by bit, small builders have been scooping them up and filling them in.

One such project is 157 Tompkins Avenue, a soon-to-be six-story building for which a new building permit application was filed yesterday.

There, Valley Stream-based developer Yehuda Mor is seeking to build a 10-unit structure. With nearly 12,000 square feet of residential space, the apartments will be fairly spacious – 1,200 square feet on average – perhaps sized for students at the Pratt Institute, about a mile east down Willoughby Avenue.

The design will be handled by Issac & Stern Architects, who have too many projects in this corner of Brooklyn to count.

The development site consists of one empty lot and a dilapidated three-story wood-frame building with a store grafted to its front, which will presumably be torn down, though no demolition permit has yet been filed. The developer bought the two properties together this summer for almost $1.9 million, or nearly $160 per buildable square foot.

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