Hudson Properties’ Flatbush Development Is a Go

Yesterday Ariel Property Advisors announced the sale of the huge lot at 626 Flatbush Avenue, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, to the Hudson Companies. The Hudson Companies, developers behind Third + Bond as well as the new Kensington build 22 Caton Place, paid $11 million for the lot. The L-shaped parcel — the large building at the top center of the above image and the parking lot behind it — is on Flatbush between Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road. They plan to build a 23-story, 254-unit rental building there, 20 percent of which will be affordable. DOB documents also indicate that there will be 4,758-square-feet of commercial space and 3,583-square-feet of community space. According to Ariel’s press release, “The property features 100 feet of frontage on Flatbush Avenue and a rear parking lot, which is approximately 52,265 square feet… The deal had to overcome several major hurdles before closing, including resolving an easement issue and relocating several commercial tenants.” Indeed, the developers signed a contract for the site back in March 2012, and the news leaked in February. The tower, the first new high-rise for the neighborhood, will be designed by Rogers Marvel Architects. The Department of Buildings have not yet approved the new building application.
Massive Tower Planned for Prospect Lefferts Gardens [Brownstoner]

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  • Hudson Properties, if you’re listening, may I make a request, on behalf of the neighborhood?

    Someday in our lifetimes, there will be an effort to build better pedestrian access to Prospect Park from Prospect Lefferts Gardens … in other words, to allow people to walk into the park somewhere north of Parkside, but south of Lincoln. (CB9 is already planning for a day, in the future, when the subway line that divides Prospect Lefferts Gardens from the park will be built over with a pedestrian and bicycle path.)

    The only way this can happen is if farsighted developers create flexibility in their designs now. What can be done now, so that, in 2023 or 2033, your building could be part of the new pedestrian paths into the park? What can the neighborhood do to encourage you to build with such flexibility?

    • I’ve wondered the same thing. The Brighon Line has restricted access to the park for PLG for over a century. What would it require to build a public pedestrian overpass that connected with prospect park? Seems like getting permission from the MTA would be the most problematic.

      In any event, this development is going to spur a profound change in the neighborhood–one that’s already been happening for the past decade, but will now be speeded up. There are a lot of people for that change, and a lot of people anxious about it. The best way forward will be to have an open discussion within the community (and a dialogue with the developers) about what it is we all want to see here.

    • Don’t count on it happening in your lifetime. CB 9 may be “planning” for this, but there is absolutely no money for this kind of initiative. Most people would kill for a 4 and one-half block walk to the park, which is what PLG dwellers have no.

      What incentive (and from whom) would encourage a developer to change his design (and reduce his profit) for a some imagined plan?

  • That would be epic Winthrop. The buildings on Ocean Ave are obviously the biggest hurdle, but wow that would be great- pedestrian bridge open 18 hours a day would be flooded with people- great retail support.

    • “The buildings on Ocean Ave are obviously the biggest hurdle”

      Indeed they would be; which one(s) would you propose tearing down? Other than that, it’s a great idea.

      • Pie in the sky obviously- but you wouldn’t necessarily need to tear them down, you could have the lobbies become public/private mall type space, use the alleys that run between the buildings, etc? People manage to do these things- but as Winthrop noted- they take forward thinking, planning, and lots of work.

      • Well, I don’t propose tearing any of them down. But sometime in the next twenty years, someone will propose tearing one of them down … or anyway, will propose redeveloping some lot on Ocean Avenue. And when they do, it would be nice to be able to say, “Hudson Properties created a right of way from Flatbush to the Brighton Line in 2013. All we need from you now, in 2025, is the other half.”

        Put another way: don’t you wish someone had thought to get this concession from the developer of “Ocean On The Park” (or whatever they are calling that building now)? If someone had, we would have everything we need … except the zigzagging footbridge from the MTA.

        • Come to think of it, there are already three rights of way on the east side of the Brighton Line tracks; the cul-de-sacs of Beekman Place, Chester Court, and Westbury Court.

          • Exactly Marvin but Beekman and Westbury are close enough to Lincoln and Parkside respectively. That leaves Chester Ct. Probably not worth it.

          • True about Beekman and Westbury. Also, Chester Court is directly across from the Ocean on the Park Historic District limestones, so there’s no real chance of an opening on the west side of the tracks.

  • I live along Ocean Ave. If someone is able to get CB9 to approve this plan, I will fight to get my building to approve opening our alleyway for thru traffic! Every time two subways race by one another at 3 a.m. creating an ungodly racket, I ruminate on the quality-of-life improvements that burying the train would bring to the neighborhood. Or could they at least put rubber tires on the subway cars? 😉

  • By the way, I’m not sure if this is realistic, but I always wonder why new developments like this are not somehow required by the city to invest some capital into the surrounding area as part of the deal. For example, the subways are already overcrowded during peak times in the a.m. and thousands of new residents will surely exacerbate this. However if the new construction were perhaps required to work with the MTA to fund additional trains, etc…

    • While the B and Q trains are already overcrowded during rush hour, I’m not sure whether providing additional trains would be a good idea. There is already a bottleneck just past DeKalb Avenue because of the D and N trains having to cross over coming to and from the Manhattan Bridge. The B and Q trains often have to wait.

  • how about a zipline from the roof deck at 626 Flatbush straight into Prospect Park lake? It’d be amazing.

  • The bridge would be nice but so will be a world with out disease. The walk to the park is a nice warm up.