As the administration’s East New York rezoning marches through the public review process, small market-rate developments are growing on the neighborhood’s outskirts, away from the rezoning area south of Atlantic Avenue. One such project is in the works in Cypress Hills, the northern section of the neighborhood that stretches from Atlantic up to the acres of cemeteries along the Brooklyn-Queens border.
Developer Antonino Aiello has filed plans for three townhouses at 25-29 Cox Place, a sleepy cul-de-sac near the cemeteries and the elevated J train tracks. Every home will have three apartments—one on each floor. Nos. 25 and 29 will have 3,300 square feet of residential space, and average units will measure a family-sized 1,100 square feet. But no. 27 will grow on a smaller, narrower lot. Its interiors will measure 2,400 square feet, for 800-square-foot units.
The two larger houses will have four parking spots each, and the smaller one will have space for two cars. The J and Z trains stop a few short blocks away from Cox Place, but car-heavy zoning in this part of Brooklyn requires lots of parking.
Flushing-based architect Frank J. Quatela applied for the permit.
Aiello picked up the 8,000-square-foot site off Crescent Street for $675,000 last year, paying $67 a buildable square foot.
Three decrepit, single-story garages currently occupy the property, and demolition permits have been filed to knock them down.
Although Cypress Hills has a troubled reputation, these blocks near the cemeteries have long been affordable and full of working class families. The area still has attractive pre-war housing stock, much like the increasingly expensive neighborhoods to the west, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. Here, you can find a renovated four-bedroom house for $525,000, and even larger unrenovated homes for less.