Development doesn’t happen often in Bensonhurst, an old-school Italian enclave close to the waterfront in southern Brooklyn. But as new immigrants – particularly Chinese families – flock to the area, developers have started to pay attention to the working class stronghold full of one- and two-family homes.
Much of the hood was downzoned in 2005, ensuring that only suburban-style homes and small apartment buildings could go up. However, several blocks on the border with Mapleton, a largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, retained their development-friendly R6 zoning. Here, Sheepshead Bay-based builder Sergey Rybak is planning a six-story apartment building.
New building applications were filed last week for the 60-foot-tall structure at 2444 65th Street, between West 1st and West 2nd Streets. It will have 35 apartments spread across 36,970 square feet. Average units will weigh in at 1,056 square feet, and since they’re fairly large, condos are probably in the works.
A daycare center will occupy the cellar and part of the first floor, and a lobby, a recreation area, and a 22-car garage will fill the rest of the ground floor. The remaining five stories will have seven apartments each.
The developer is building slightly more parking than zoning requires for the apartments, but some of the spots might be reserved for the daycare.
Igor Zaslavsky’s Zproekt will handle the design.
The 11,000-square-foot property is currently home to a single-story medical office, which already has its demolition permits. The property hasn’t changed hands since 1978, but we expect a sale will hit the public records soon.