Revealed: 324 20th Street, South Slope/Greenwood Heights

324 20th Street, rendering by Marin Architects324 20th Street, rendering by Marin Architects

In July, YIMBY reported that permits had been filed to construct a new seven-unit residential building at 324 20th Street, in South Slope/Greenwood Heights section of Brooklyn.

Now, YIMBY has a rendering of 324 20th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, which we believe will be condos, with JBS Project Management serving as the unknown developer’s owner’s rep.

Designed by Marin Architects, the style is thoroughly traditional, with a brick face and dark cornices above the windows and the building. The main brick section will be three stories tall, each floor with two apartments and balconies, and will be topped by a full-floor penthouse apartment with private roof space. The project isn’t large enough that the zoning code would require garage parking, and none will be provided.

324 20th Street, rendering by Marin Architects

324 20th Street, rendering by Marin Architects

Between the apartments’ sizes (more than 1,400 square feet each on average), the ceiling heights (12 feet between floors), the clean façade (no PTACs), and the price the developer paid for the land ($240 per buildable square foot, shy of the $275 asking price), condos appear to be the plan.

The site is currently home to two two-family wood-frame homes, dating back to the 19th century, for which demolition permits were filed in September.

324 and 326 20th Street, image from Google Maps

324 and 326 20th Street, image from Google Maps

Although it was downzoned in 2005, the area still has a number of redevelopment opportunities thanks to how low-density some of its existing homes are. With R6B zoning, some of the two- and three-family wood-frame homes are less than half the density that’s allowed (a floor area ratio of two, down from anywhere between 2.2 and three under the old rules), and rising condo prices make teardowns like this increasingly viable.

Any addition to the housing stock is a good thing, but it’s a shame that on top of losing an old building, the new one is so small – just half the density of the sort of buildings being erected to the south, in Sunset Park, nearly a century ago.

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