Normally when YIMBY sees filings in south Brooklyn, they’re for projects in Madison, Brighton Beach or Coney Island. But last week, new building applications surfaced for a small market-rate development at 1837 Benson Avenue in Bath Beach, only a few blocks from the shores of Gravesend Bay.
The three-story building will hold 21 apartments divided across 22,656 square feet of residential space, yielding spacious apartments averaging 1,078 square feet. Each floor will have seven apartments. A subterranean parking garage will have room for 21 cars, and a surface lot will include another 8 parking spots, which satisfies the parking requirements for the low-density, car-heavy zoning in this part of Brooklyn.
Douglas Pulaski’s Bricolage Designs applied for the permit, and Sebastian Piccininni of Finbar Development, headquartered only a few blocks away in Bath Beach, is the developer.
Finbar Development scooped up the 15,975-square-foot property from a trust for $1,250,000 in 2010. Since the previous owner died, it’s not surprising that the property appears to have been abandoned for several years. A two-family home still occupies the lot between Bay 19th and Bay 20th Streets, but overgrown plants and trees in the front yard have completely hidden it from view.