Construction Update: 1444-1446 Bedford Avenue, Crown Heights

1444-1446 bedford avenue crown heights rendering 52015Construction rendering for 1444-1446 Bedford Avenue

The eclectic facade design has finally emerged for two four-story buildings going up at 1444-1446 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights, after a year and a half of construction.

The “Tetris-like” exterior will mimic a combination of wood, brick and white facade panels, a look that Brownstoner called “a modern version of Queen Anne with its red and white coloring.”

Once construction wraps, each building will have eight units divided across 7,312 and 7,529 square feet, respectively. Average apartments will weigh in 914 and 941 square feet—surprisingly large units that could be condos. Both buildings will have the same layout: two apartments per floor, topped by two penthouses duplexes on the fourth floor. 

Not surprisingly, the actual buildings already look different than the construction rendering. Workers are covering the left side with red brick-like panels, and the image on the fence shows wooden panels cladding that half of the buildings.

1444-1446 Bedford Avenue crown heights 52015

1444-1446 Bedford Avenue

As you’d expect, the apartments were split between two buildings to duck the parking spaces required in the zoning code. Consequently, neither building has parking.

Joseph A. Mucciolo is the architect of record, and the developer is Cheskel Schwimmer, doing business as South Williamsburg-based Chess Builders LLC. He picked up the two vacant lots for $1,070,000 at the end of 2012, or a very reasonable $66 per buildable square foot.

This development is rising between Park and Prospect Places, just a few blocks from two other large apartment projects on Bedford Avenue—a 10-story building at the former Fox Savoy Theater site (1515 Bedford Avenue) and an eight-story apartment building replacing the BP station at the corner of Eastern Parkway.

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2 Comments on "Construction Update: 1444-1446 Bedford Avenue, Crown Heights"

  1. Sean Robertson | May 8, 2015 at 11:51 am |

    Why do we even have parking requirements in a city so heavily centered around transit. If you’re within a certain distance to the subway, there should be a parking maximum, not a minimum. DC is dealing with the same ridiculous issue.

  2. Dennis Sughrue | May 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm |

    Agree with Sean. This project is in a transit-rich neighborhood. Parking requirements in a place like this are insane. De Blasio needs to make abolition of parking requirements part of his progressive vision.

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