As development in Brooklyn pushes further east, apartment buildings are slowly filling the sleepy triangular piece of Bed Stuy known as Ocean Hill, near Broadway Junction in East New York. A tipster has sent YIMBY a rendering for one such development, a 32-unit building at 1325 Herkimer Street.
The five-story building will hold 22,000 square feet of residential space, for an average apartment of about 700 square feet. Like most developments in the neighborhood, it will likely be rentals. The first floor will have 16 parking spaces, which is exactly the amount required by zoning. The Schedule A reveals 16 bike parking spots and laundry in the cellar and a lounge and roof deck on the top floor.
The developer is Guy Iber, based in the Briarwood section of eastern Queens, and Issac and Stern are handling the design. They’ve created a surprisingly handsome building, with brick facade panels that match the feel of the block.
However, it might be a while until the project gets built. Permits were filed in February and disapproved in April, and there hasn’t been much action since.
Greater Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ currently occupies the site. Demolition permits haven’t been filed to take it down, and the property hasn’t sold recently.
The 10,000-square-foot plot sits only a few blocks from Broadway Junction and the section of Ocean Hill set to be rezoned under de Blasio’s big East New York plan. Most of the blocks around Broadway Junction are only zoned for manufacturing, but the rezoning would encourage a combination of residential and commercial development.