Recently, green construction walls went up around an iconic detached house at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Lenox Road in Flatbush. Although it’s not the most beautiful house in the neighborhood, the two-and-a-half story home is one of several that lends an air of dignity to this stretch of Bedford in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and northern Flatbush. Now, like many standalone houses in the neighborhood, it will bite the dust for an apartment building.
Plans were filed last week to erect a seven-story apartment building there at 100 Lenox Road, a few blocks southeast of Prospect Park. The project would have 32 apartments squeezed into 21,851 square feet of residential space, yielding relatively small units averaging 680 square feet.
The cellar would have room for 15 bikes, and 1,500 square feet of amenity space would be spread between the cellar and first floor.
The developer is Moshe Tal of B.H. Tal Real Estate, which is headquartered on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights. New Rochelle-based Bienenfeld Architecture will handle the design.
Tal scooped up the 5,500-square-foot property for $2,600,000 in October 2015, paying a hefty $118 for each square foot of the building he hopes to develop. This sizable lot would probably be even more valuable if it hadn’t been downzoned back in 2009. The new zoning kept the allowed density the same but imposed a height limit for new buildings.
The borderland between Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush is flush with development. Right next door at 2100 Bedford Avenue, an eight-story, 71-unit building is going up fast. And up the block at 111 Clarkson Avenue, two seven-story rental buildings are rising where a rambling “berserk eclectic” Victorian mansion once stood.
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