Another one of Bushwick’s empty lots is becoming a new apartment building. YIMBY has the first look at the project at 16 Charles Place, a dead-end block off Myrtle Avenue that’s covered in murals.
Charles Place features two empty properties on either side of the street, bookended by pre-war apartment buildings and low-slung garages. 16 Charles will fill the eastern side of the block, two doors down from Little Skips, a popular neighborhood coffee shop. The elevated M train clatters run down this stretch of Myrtle Avenue, and the Myrtle-Broadway stop on the J/M/Z and the Central Avenue M stop are both close by.
The five-story building will have 39 apartments spread across 25,959 square feet of residential space, for an average unit measuring just 664 square feet. Rentals seem to be in the works. There will be a surface parking lot with space for 20 cars—the minimum needed to satisfy city zoning requirements. Tenants will also have access to a shared roof deck on the fifth floor, recreation space on the ground floor, laundry, and storage.
Karl Fisher is handling the design, and his firm created two completely different renderings for the project. The first one shows a typical faux-loft building clad in yellow brick, with curved windows and doorways. And the second is a boxy building with overlapping patterns of gray, red, and black brick. The developer evidently chose the loft-style design, which features small balconies affixed to each window on the top three floors.
Israel Perlmutter, former business partner of slain Brooklyn developer Menachem Stark, is the developer. His LLC purchased the 12,079-square-foot property for $5,000,000 in 2011. Perlmutter once co-owned roughly 1,000 units in Greenpoint and Williamsburg with Stark, who was brutally murdered in January 2014.