New construction doesn’t happen often in Ditmas Park, because the city has protected most blocks from development with zoning that only allows the construction of one- or two-family homes. But near the border with Flatbush, new apartment buildings are allowed to sprout.
Bedford-Stuyvesant-based builder Infinity Properties is working on a new building in the neighborhood, at 625 East 18th Street. The seven-story development is under construction on a mid-block lot between Newkirk and Foster Avenues, a couple blocks west of the Newkirk Plaza stop on the B and Q trains. The finished project will have 12 units and 13,762 square feet of residential space, creating nicely-sized typical units of 1,146 square feet. Plans call for indoor and outdoor recreation space on the ground floor, but don’t specify whether those areas will be shared between all residents.
YIMBY has a rendering of the project, which is designed by architect Gerald Caliendo. The building does not line up with the neighboring 1960s apartment complexes, which are set back several feet from the street, and the boxy, gray design doesn’t fit in with the seven-story brick buildings next door.
An Astoria-based LLC picked up the property in April 2014 for $750,000 and filed plans a few months later.
A slightly larger apartment building is under construction next door, at the corner of East 18th Street and Foster Avenue. A freestanding Victorian house was demolished for that project, which will rise seven stories and hold 35 apartments.
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