It’s hard to build taller than three stories in most of Gravesend, a middle-class neighborhood in southern Brooklyn populated by a diverse mix of Syrian Jewish, Puerto Rican, Chinese, Mexican, Russian, and Ukrainian immigrants. But along the neighborhood’s northern edge, on the border with Midwood and Bensonhurst, the city allows new mid-rise apartment buildings.
Guan Yu Li, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, 12-unit residential building at 128 Bay 43rd Street, in western Gravesend, located four blocks from the 25th Avenue stop on the D train. The development will measure a total 11,515 square feet and its residential units will average 926 square feet apiece, which means either rentals or condominiums could be in the works. There will be eight surface parking spaces and 10 bicycle storage spaces. Lower Manhattan-based Jung Wor Chin Architect is the architect of record. The 67-foot-wide corner lot is currently vacant.
Anyone looking for a suburban-style mall has to travel to the outer edges of New York City, but there are a few sprawling commercial centers for New Yorkers who can drive to the southern reaches of Brooklyn. One of those malls is Ceasar’s Bay Shopping Center, a couple of acres of chain stores and parking lots on the shore of Gravesend Bay.
Developers are rushing to file plans for hotels before the city’s new rules on hotel construction in manufacturing areas go into effect. The latest project we can add to the list is 2632 West 13th Street, planned deep in southern Brooklyn, in a particularly desolate part of Gravesend.
Ralph Notaro has filed applications for a three-story, six-unit residential building at 47 28th Avenue, in southern Gravesend, two blocks from the Bay 50th Street stop on the D train. The building will measure 4,773 square feet, which translates into average units of 796 square feet. Steven Schneider’s New Jersey-based Schneider Associates is the applicant of record, and a two-story recessed structure must first be demolished.