The two short blocks between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant were once considered undesirable for residential development, because they’re sandwiched between two bustling commercial thoroughfares and two noisy train lines – the elevated Long Island Rail Road along Atlantic and the A and C subways rumbling just below Fulton Street. They were transitional, slightly industrial, and the victims of urban renewal schemes.
But now developers priced out of the more desirable parts of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights are looking here, and noticing the benefits of brownstone blocks so close to the train. One such builder filed plans for a five-story residential project at 32 New York Avenue, between Herkimer Street and Atlantic Avenue.
The 23-unit building will have 15,527 square feet of residential space, for average units of 675 square feet. The first floor will hold five units, followed by six each on the second and third floors, five on the fourth and a full-floor penthouse with a private terrace on the top floor. One of the ground floor units will have a private garden, and the rest of the tenants will have access to a shared roof deck on the fifth floor.
Zoning usually requires that this project include 10 or 11 parking spots, but none are listed on the permit. It’s possible that there will be surface parking next to the building that was simply left off the filing.
The developer is Bernard Kohn, based in Suffern, N.Y., and he’s hired Tribeca-based architect Alexander Blakely, of AB Architekten, to design the building. Blakely’s firm is behind a few other interesting projects, including a glassy 12-story building planned for 29 Clay Street in Greenpoint and an innovative rebuild for a house devastated by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island.
An LLC has owned the 7,800-square-foot property since 2000, and tax photos show it’s been vacant since at least the 1970s.