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Construction has been moving quickly at 626 Flatbush Avenue since a judge lifted a temporary restraining order in June. About 12 stories have risen so far at the building, which will be 23 stories when complete.

The as-of-right development by Hudson Companies will have 254 rental units — 51 of them, or about 20 percent, will be affordable. The project will have 250,000 square feet of space, including about 4,000 square feet of retail. The project is expected to be completed in early 2016. Click through to see a rendering.

626 Flatbush Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Marvel Architects
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This neo-Federal one-family was designed in 1915 by by Slee & Bryson and doesn’t seem to have lost any of its original charm. The exterior is modern for its day and has a parapet on top. Inside there are all sorts of neo-Colonial details, including a mantel, columns, and an arched passthrough with closets between the parlor and the paneled dining room.

The top floor’s sloped ceilings are covered in bead board and there are tons of built-in closets in a passthrough between bedrooms. Kitchens and baths are not pictured, though a glimpse of the kitchen through the dining room shows an original intact dish cupboard. It is landmarked.

What do you think of it and the ask of $1,850,000?

37 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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This circa-1900 Prospect Lefferts Gardens single-family house at 177 Winthrop Street is dripping with Arts and Crafts details such as a colorful hall light fixture with pendants, leaded glass windows with stained glass insets and heraldic motifs, and tons of built-ins. It all looks to be in good original condition, including never-painted woodwork, marble sinks and original cupboards in the updated kitchen. The house also has its own website with bigger photos. What do you think of it and the asking price of $1,300,000?

177 Winthrop Street [FSBO] GMAP

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This Prospect Lefferts Gardens top-floor two-bedroom was up for rent a year ago, and now it’s back for $225 more. The 1,000-square-foot pad is chock full of original details, including a mirrored mantel, a pier mirror, pocket doors, and a formal dining room with built-in china cabinets. There are attractive inlaid oak floors and an old-fashioned skylight too. No doubt it’ll rent quickly, even at the higher price of $2,200 a month.

318 Maple Street [Halstead] GMAP
Rental of the Day: 318 Maple Street [Brownstoner]

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By all accounts, Tuesday’s Community Board 9 meeting was a doozy. From what we can piece together from some half dozen accounts in the media and what others have told us, since we weren’t present, in short, a huge number of opponents of upzoning Empire Boulevard disrupted the meeting, and Community Board 9 members responded in kind. Total chaos reigned, with lots of shouting and name calling; the board could not keep order and fanned the flames.

CB9 District Manager Pearl Miles yelled “shut up” at the crowd repeatedly (there is a video), District Leader Geoffrey Davis refused to relinquish the microphone, and the police were summoned multiple times to keep order. (For a play-by-play, including an outrageous exchange between the crowd and District Leader for the 43rd Assembly Diana Richardson, read the story on Brooklyn Brief.)

Eventually, under pressure, the board took a vote on whether or not to rescind an earlier decision to study the rezoning. The vote to rescind passed, but then it turned out that it really didn’t, according to New York City rules for community board votes.

In the words of Q at Parkside blogger Tim Thomas, who favors the rezoning (or at least is not opposed to it):

Karim Camara and reps from every major official, from the Mayor on down, were there and they were absolutely floored, speechless. The guy from Yvette Clarke’s followed me out to the parking lot with eyes wide saying “how could you let this happen? this was INSANE!” I told him L’shanah Tova and rode home.

Meanwhile, upzoning opponent and MTOPP member Adrian Untermyer filed suit yesterday to get a copy of the community board’s bylaws.

At issue is whether Prospect Lefferts Gardens will rezone to end high-rise development, which has recently taken off in the neighborhood. Some residents blame tall buildings for gentrification while others say high-rise development will bring much needed affordable housing to the area.

CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Boulevard Vulnerable and Fate Uncertain [BK Brief]
If You Want To Know How Things Got Outa Hand…[Q at Parkside]
Wow. That Was Weird [Q at Parkside]
Correct That. The Motion Didn’t Pass [Q at Parkside]
Alicia Boyd: Proud Townhome Owner, Anti-Gentrification Activist [Q at Parkside]
Vote to Rescind Crown Heights Rezoning Study Sparks Confusion [DNA]
Residents Rip Proposed “Upzoning” on PLG-Crown Heights Border [NY Daily News]
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Residents Fight Rezoning on Empire Boulevard [Brownstoner]
Photo by DNAinfo

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This top floor three-bedroom in a Prospect Lefferts Gardens townhouse has prewar details plus tastefully renovated kitchens and baths. We spot plaster and wood moldings and attractive inlaid parquet floors. The kitchen has a new herringbone floor, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher and microwave. The bathroom has white subway tile.

It’s located a block from the 2/5 at Sterling and about three long blocks from the Q at Prospect Park. And it’s pretty cheap at $763 a bedroom. What are your thoughts on it for $2,290 a month?

251 Lefferts Avenue, 2nd Floor [Townhouse Preservation] GMAP

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We rarely feature houses without interior photos, but this is a special case. The house is too crowded to photograph, the agent told us.

The house is not, unfortunately, dripping with period details inside, but does have some things left such as pocket doors and some door surrounds. It could be restored with salvaged materials, he said. According to the listing, the house needs the usual overhaul, including kitchens, baths, roof and boiler. Sadly, it has a lis pendens.

The house next door, No. 289, renovated and with details, closed for $1,500,000 in July. (It was the subject of our “Let’s Play Flipper” series and a House of the Day.) This one is priced at $1,125,000. Think that sounds about right?

291 Lincoln Road [Coldwell Banker] GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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We marveled over the beautiful wooden details in this Prospect Lefferts Gardens limestone when it hit the market in June, and three months later, it’s still on the market and up for rent. The four-bedroom, two-bath home features pocket doors, inlaid floors, stained glass, mantels and a coffered ceiling. The kitchen and baths are updated, and the master bath has a claw foot tub. There’s also an in-law suite with a kitchenette in the basement and a pretty landscaped garden with a fountain and pond. Does anyone out there have $5,800 a month to rent it?

261 Fenimore Street [Stribling] GMAP
House of the Day: 261 Fenimore Street [Brownstoner]

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We’re in the thick of the prime fall real estate selling season, so today we’ve got another spectacular beauty, 61 Midwood Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This late Victorian has an unusual (and very attractive) facade whose geometry seems to anticipate Edwardian styles to come.

Inside is a classic Midwood Street interior with tons of unpainted wood work, leaded glass, wood fireplaces, the original passthrough sinks, original paneling and built-ins in the dining room, two butler’s pantries (with a working dumbwaiter), the original ice box, and a nearly original floor plan. The kitchen has been very nicely updated, with a commercial style stove inside the gray brick fireplace.

What do you think of it and the asking price of $2,195,000?

61 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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We dig all the prewar details on this huge three-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The 2,286-square-foot pad sports inlaid parquet floors and mirrored decorative mantels.

The kitchen is newly renovated, according to the listing, and has a dishwasher, and there are separate living and dining rooms as well as a home office/den on the lower floor. Plus the original pass-throughs are intact, if the floor plan is correct.

Renters also have access to a big shared backyard. Do you think it’s worth $5,300 a month?

171 Woodruff Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

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This Romanesque Revival home and former House of the Day at 66 Midwood Street has just sold for $2,300,000, beating the neighborhood record for Prospect Lefferts Gardens by $450,000. The landmarked five-bedroom, five-bath house hit the market in March for $1,975,00. The 1898 townhouse is dripping with original details, including ornate wooden mantles, dressing rooms and four functioning fireplaces. It hit the public records last week. Its sale price blew through the previous record of $1,850,000, set by Dixon with its purchase of 36 Rutland Road in January.

66 Midwood Street [Halstead] GMAP
House of the Day: 66 Midwood Street [Brownstoner]

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We drooled over 30 Chester Court when it was for sale. Now the house is back on the market as a rental, and we’re pleased to report the owners have done a great job with the renovation. The teens Tudor Revival still has all its incredible original features, including a parlor window seat, coffered ceiling and paneling in the dining room, leaded glass windows, and bead board ceiling in the sleeping porch. (more…)