One of Two Flatbush Edwardians Demolished to Make Way for Eight Stories of Condos

94 Lenox Road is still standing but the house on the corner is gone

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Following the sale of two freestanding Edwardian homes in Flatbush back in March, a planned development on the property is beginning to move forward.

An application for a new-building permit was filed for an eight-story residential building in October, but has not yet been approved. The development will replace two houses: one, formerly located at 100 Lenox Road, at the corner of Bedford, has recently been demolished; the other, next door at 94 Lenox Road, is still standing, but a demolition permit was filed in September.

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100 and 94 Lenox Road in 2017. Photo via Ariel Property Advisors

The two homes sold to Besyata Investment Group for a combined $9.95 million in March, according to public records, with $5.15 million going to the longtime owners of 94 Lenox. The sale came with a demolition permit and a previously approved permit for a seven-story, 32-unit apartment building for 100 Lenox Road.

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Those plans have been discarded, and Besyata now plans to build eight stories and 62 units across both lots. The apartments will be condos, according to the developer’s website.

The new development, which will be called Pulse on Bedford, is of course more massive than the old one, with 198,046 square feet, according to DOB records. It has a stepped, asymmetrical dark grey facade with balconies on many of the units.

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At left an earlier rendering via Rendering via Bienefeld Architecture and at right a new rendering via Besyata Investment Group

The previous rendering showed a more simple, symmetrical white building. The new rendering shows large, lit-up plate glass windows on the ground level that could be stores but are in fact building amenity spaces; the development is entirely residential, according to permits.

There will be 31 parking spaces for cars underground, 31 parking spaces for bikes, and a tenant lounge, fitness room and playroom on the first floor, permits show.

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Prolific Brooklyn architect Charles Mallea is the architect of record. The firm is also modernizing 163 Court Street, the Cobble Hill Greek Revival shop front where Book Court used to be located.

The new development is flanked by mid-rise apartment buildings, including a new eight-story condo building designed by architect Karl Fisher that replaced three similar frame houses at 2100-2110 Bedford Avenue, which were demolished in 2015.

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View along Bedford Avenue towards Lenox Road

Large freestanding Victorians and Edwardians on oversize lots are being torn down to make way for apartment buildings all over this part of Flatbush. Two and a half blocks away, at 319 Lenox Road, plans were filed to replace a freestanding wood frame house with an eight-story apartment building, also designed by Charles Mallea. On the same block, two more wood frame houses — 323 and 325 Lenox — were purchased in 2015 and a permit was filed in June 2017 to combine the two lots and build a seven-story building.

The two Edwardian houses at 94 Lenox Road and 100 Lenox Road can be seen in much better condition in their 1940s tax photos here and here.

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless otherwise noted]

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