Ocean Avenue was once seen as one of Brooklyn’s most desirable streets, and was catnip to developers. In addition to the ornate garden apartment buildings erected in the 1920s, it attracted one of only two pre-war residential buildings in Brooklyn with more than six or seven stories south or east of Prospect Park, and some much taller development in the ’60s, before the new zoning code put an end to the good times.
Construction took a breather during the dark days of urban decline, but builders have returned to the avenue in recent years, albeit in more subdued form, post-1961 downzoning.
One such new building is 1972 Ocean Avenue, a small but dense infill project for which a new building permit was filed yesterday.
The project is located in Midwood, also known as Jewish Flatbush, just north of Avenue O. The building will have 10 apartments spread over six stories and 11,000 square feet of space, with a lobby and seven parking spaces on the ground level and two apartments per floor from the second through sixth stories. The parking will be built voluntarily, as the code requires none for a building this small.
Sima Miller is the developer, and he’s hired Igor Zaslavskiy’s ZProekt, based not far off Ocean Avenue on Avenue X, to do the design. The project was first filed for under the old 2008 building code on December 30, the second-to-last day that the code was in effect, and then curiously refiled yesterday, under the new 2014 code.
Sima and Yehuda Miller have owned the two-story detached home that will presumably be razed to make way for the new development since 1979.
Next door, at 1976 Ocean Avenue, a similarly sized building opened a few years ago, with units half in number and twice in size (about 2,000 square feet each). They first sold for a bit under $700,000 each, and resales have been asking in the $900,000s.
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