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The Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on whether or not to designate Chester Court a historic district in January, according to The Brooklyn Eagle. The district was calendared in late October, meaning the LPC decided it would vote, as reported.

The teens Tudor Revival cul-de-sac is largely intact, and development is nipping at its doors, since the block is just off the busy avenue of Flatbush. The 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush is rising just behind Chester Court on one side of the block. Chester Court was proposed as part of the original Prospect Lefferts Gardens historic district, but was not included. We’re glad the LPC is taking action on this, following the transition period between administrations when it was less active.

Amazingly, a representative from the Real Estate Board of New York, not known for favoring landmarking, spoke in favor of the designation on Tuesday, said the Eagle, as did the PLG City Council member, residents and neighborhood associations. (more…)

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After more than a year of preparation, the Lefferts Community Food Co-op opened Sunday at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. They have produce from Miller’s Crossing and meat from Herondale Farm, according to Brokelyn, which was the first to write about the opening. “Most of their vendors are the same ones Park Slope Food Coop uses so we expect the selection to be pretty similar once they’re fully up and running,” said Brokelyn.

Prospect-Lefferts Co-op Opens Sunday With Open Shopping Day [Brokelyn] GMAP
PLG Food Co-op Opening Soon [Brownstoner]
Photo by Lefferts Community Food Co-op

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A controversial and confusing vote to rescind a request for a zoning study of Prospect Lefferts Gardens did in fact pass, according to PLG community group MTOPP, or The Movement to Protect the People. The group, which has been a thorn in the side of Community Board 9, is alleging the board is “corrupt,” that it “falsified” the document, and “broke the law” on its website.

Blogger Tim Thomas of The Q at Parkside, who is on the board (and who, unlike MTOPP, favors development of Empire Boulevard) agreed with the group’s assessment that the vote passed. However, he chalked it up to a mistake.

It’s a long story but to briefly summarize: MTOPP opposes any residential development of Empire Boulevard, above, and also opposes a zoning study of the broader area. We are reaching out to Community Board 9 for comment now and will update when we hear from them. Click through to see a screenshot of MTOPP’s allegations.

Eric Adam’s Corrupt Executive Board [MTOPP]
Finally…the Smoking Gun! [Q Parkside]
MTOPP Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Listings have gone up for four new-construction red brick townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and they range in price from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000. The least expensive of the bunch, 278 Hawthorne Street, is already in contract, according to the listing. Contracts have been sent out on two others, leaving only the most expensive one, No. 274, according to a commenter on Curbed, which was the first to write about the listings.

At $1,495,000, the price of No. 278 is competitive with a 19th century house in the neighborhood in tip-top condition, but the other three are more expensive. All the houses have three units: An owner’s garden duplex (or triplex, if you count cellar space) that takes up one and a half floors, a half-floor one-bedroom rental, and a top floor three-bedroom rental. There is also outdoor space with each unit and parking for two cars in front.

We think the simple and modern design inside and out is easy on the eyes and fits in reasonably well with the neighborhood. Click through to see more pics. What do you think of the design and the prices?

274 Hawthorne Street Listing [Corcoran]
New Lefferts Garden Houses Drop Terrible Name, Ask $1.5M-Plus [Curbed]
Images by Corcoran

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The very large building rising at 224 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is designed by Scarano and will be a self-storage facility just like the one next door, according to permits. Technically, it’s not a new building but is actually an addition to a one-story warehouse already on the site. When it’s done, it will have three stories plus a mezzanine.

Click through to see renderings, inside the construction fence and the self storage building next door. (more…)

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Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

 

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Here’s a good-looking three-bedroom in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, right near the Crown Heights border. The living room is on the narrow side but the pad gets good light because it’s a corner building. It also has a dishwasher, washer/dryer and a private roof deck. And it’s only a block from the 2/5 at Sterling Street. What’s your opinion of it for $3,100 a month?

406 Rogers Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday calendared the 18 Tudor Revival homes on Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a spokeswoman for the LPC told us. Calendaring means the LPC will eventually vote on whether or not to designate the proposed Chester Court Historic District. Architect Peter J. Collins designed the houses in 1914 and 1915, according to the notice of yesterday’s hearing. The block is a cul-de-sac off Flatbush, next to the 23-story apartment tower rising at 626 Flatbush Avenue.

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The Lefferts Community Food Co-op is getting close to opening and held an open house this past Sunday, October 26. The event offered a “sneak peak” at the store’s progress, food samples, refreshments, and a chance to meet and mingle with members. They also gave away some fun refrigerator magnets. The co-op is is aiming to open by mid-November, according to its Facebook page. It is located at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. GMAP

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The zoning review that Community Board 9 asked City Planning to conduct of parts of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights is going forward after a failed attempt to rescind it at a community board meeting last month. The zoning review covers half of District 9, including Flatbush Avenue, pictured above, where a 23-story development is rising as-of-right, and Empire Boulevard, some blocks of which are currently zoned only for commercial and not residential, Laura Imperiale, first vice chair of Community Board 9, told us.

At issue is limiting high-rise development to preserve the character and affordability of the neighborhood. A number of community groups, including PPEN, have called for limits on high-rise development in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Community group MTOPP opposes both high-rise development and any rezoning of Empire Boulevard.

The board conducted several meetings with community groups and had a community listening session in March, consolidated the comments, created a resolution requesting a study, and sent in the request to City Planning in March. After that, there was one meeting of the community board and City Planning. Now the board is waiting for City Planning to conduct the study, said Imperiale. The board would have liked a broader study of the entire district, but the city said it did not have the resources, and “we only get so many bites at the apple for this,” she said.

The resolution, which has been posted on CB9′s website, asked for zoning to preserve the “existing character of the neighborhood,” specifically to “prevent/limit of context i.e. high-rise development in the R7-1 zoned areas of the district.” It also asked for “opportunities for affordable housing development” to “protect residents from displacement” and “identify areas for inclusionary zoning.” It requested increased density along transit and commercial corridors, and specifically asked that Empire Boulevard be rezoned to permit residential development — “allow contextual mixed-use developments along commercial corridors, including Empire Boulevard.”

MTOPP disrupted last month’s community board meeting and passed a resolution calling for the zoning study request to be rescinded, but then it turned out the resolution had not been passed after all. They also sued the board to get a copy of the board’s bylaws, which are also now posted on the board’s website.  

The zoning study is not on the agenda of the next board meeting, but Imperiale said she expects MTOPP to bring it up anyway. 

She also expects City Planning will hold community forums about District 9 zoning in the coming year, she said. Any events will be posted on the Community Board 9 website in advance.

Chaos at Community Board 9 Meeting on Empire Boulevard Rezoning Tuesday [Brownstoner]

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Construction is moving along at the eight-story, 87 unit apartment building at 33 Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The site is a long L-shaped lot that abuts the B/Q/S tracks and faces both Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue. The image above is from the Flatbush side of the development where foundation work is under way.

The building is being developed by Anderson Associates and had faced delays because of issues with obtaining financing through the city Housing Development Corporation’s New Opportunities Program. Now it is being funded by private investment. However 20 percent of the units will still be set aside for those making a maximum of 60 percent of the area median income.

Construction should be complete by April of 2015. Construction is expected to wrap in fall 2015, according to the sign on the construction fence. Click through for a rendering and more images.

New Round of Permits Issued for PLG Affordable Build [Brownstoner]
PLG Affordable Build is Waiting for Funding [Brownstoner]
Work in Progress on Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens [Curbed] GMAP (more…)

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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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