Brooklyn-based property owner Rachel Ohana has filed applications for a four-story, two-unit residential building at 555 Maple Street, in northern East Flatbush. The structure will measure 5,395 square feet. There will be one unit on the ground floor, followed by a townhouse-style apartment across part of the ground floor and the upper three floors. Lewis E. Garfinkel’s Brooklyn-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,300-square-foot lot is currently vacant. The Sterling Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains is six blocks away.
Park Avenue in Brooklyn begins underneath the elevated, dark Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Clinton Hill and runs east into Bed-Stuy, where it transitions into an odd mix of warehouses, little brick apartment buildings, and aging 19th century wood frame houses. Much of the avenue was originally developed for workers at the Navy Yard, which sits a block away, but Orthodox Jews have settled the area over the last few decades. And now, even the once-desolate industrial blocks just east of the highway are becoming populated with new residential buildings. Yesterday, applications were filed for a five-story building there at 446 Park Avenue, between Kent and Franklin Avenues.
As Midwood’s Orthodox and immigrant communities grow, residential construction will keep booming, and with it, commercial development. The latest example of economic progress in the working class Brooklyn neighborhood are two substantial retail and medical office expansions at 1989 and 2003 Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue P and Quentin Road.