Between the properties abandoned and razed during urban decline and a rezoning in 2012 that expanded development opportunities on the avenues, the northern part of Bed-Stuy is fertile terrain for small, largely Hasidic builders, who have been slowly chipping away at its vacant and underbuilt lots over the past few market cycles.
Unique Developers, led by Yidel Hirsch, found one such piece of land at 820 DeKalb Avenue, where they plan to erect a bulky five-story apartment building on 33-foot-wide double lot.
An old three-story walkup building was razed in 2012, and an application has finally been filed to replace it with a 10-unit apartment building with nearly 10,000 square feet of space. While the filing calls 820 DeKalb a four-story structure, it will reach 56 feet into the air and include a penthouse floor, making it effectively five stories.
Two apartments are planned for the first floor (with access to some space in the cellar), with three each on the second and third floors, and two duplex units on the fourth floor with access to a penthouse mezzanine above, in addition to 332 square feet of outdoor space. Julien Flander is listed as the architect.
According to city records, the land last traded hands in late 2012, for $690,000, or just around $70 per buildable square foot.
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