YIMBY caught this rendering on the fence at 875 Dekalb Avenue in northeastern Bed Stuy, where South Williamsburg-developer Simon Kaufman is working on a six-story apartment building.
The development will reach 70 feet into the air and hold 35 apartments on a formerly vacant lot between Throop Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. They’ll spread across 23,957 square feet of residential space, producing an average apartment of only 684 square feet. Small units and a location in one of the more affordable corners of Bed-Stuy suggest that the building will be rentals.
Each floor will have five to eight units, and the cellar will host 17 bike storage spaces and a 642-square-foot recreation area. There will also be an 18-car parking lot on the ground floor, which apparently wasn’t listed on the initial building applications filed in September. Despite commercial zoning on Dekalb, the developer chose not to include ground floor retail, likely because the parking and height limits required by the city make it difficult to squeeze in a commercial tenant.
Charles Mallea is the architect of record, but Chananya Friemdan of Friedman Design created the rendering.
The Department of Buildings issued permits in April, and construction seems to be moving along. When we stopped by, the site had been excavated, and some concrete had been poured for the foundation.
Future renters will have decent transit access, since J/M/Z and the G trains are about six blocks away. The location could be attractive for students at Pratt, which is about a mile west down Dekalb, or to workers at Woodhull Hospital, just a half mile north of 875 Dekalb.
The developer picked it up for $3,000,000 in June of 2014, shelling out $125 per buildable square foot.