116-Unit Karl Fischer Building Planned at 1326 Ocean Avenue, Across from Brooklyn College

1326 Ocean Avenue, image from Bing Maps1326 Ocean Avenue, image from Bing Maps

At the very bottom of Flatbush, up against the open rail cut that separates the neighborhood from Midwood, a 116-unit residential project is in the works, according to a new building permit application submitted in the waning days of the 2008 building code.

The eight-story project at 1326 Ocean Avenue, right across the street from the western edge of Brooklyn College’s campus, would include 85,000 square feet of residential space. The apartments, likely rentals, would be packed quite densely –  from 13 to 16 units per floor above the ground level, with an average size of less than 750 square feet.

CGS Builders, based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and led by Cheskel Schwimmer, is the developer, according to the filing, and Karl Fischer is the architect.

The developer is including 58 parking spaces on the ground floor, the minimum allowed by code. In addition to driving up costs for what will be among the more affordable new market-rate 100-something-unit buildings in Brooklyn, the parking requirement encourages pedestrian-unfriendly design at the ground level, especially when paired with the lack of zoning for retail on Ocean Avenue.

Earlier plans for a building on the site, since discarded, were filed back in 2005. The filings then called for a 10-story building reaching 100 feet into the air, 20 feet taller than allowed today. The site was up for sale earlier this year, though the sale to the developer planning the current project does not appear to have formally closed.

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