After a number of years, the six-story apartment building at 420 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy appears to be back on track.
The building, on the former site of the Weinstein hardware store, first began to rise in the summer of 2015. At the time, the owner was local developer Moses Strulovitch of CS Management, who bought the site in 2006 for $1.065 million from longtime owner Warren Weinstein.
Then very little happened.
In August of 2017, it was purchased by Tompkins 420 Realty LLC for $8.75 million. One of the members of the LLC is local developer Shlomo Karpen, who was the developer behind the Williamsburg Mews at 106 Havemeyer Street and two residential towers at 236 Livington Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
Now construction appears to be back on track, perhaps because of the new ownership, although workers were not on site when we visited. The frame has risen to five of six stories. When we last visited, the frame was up only to the second floor.
Charles Mallea is the architect on record, and the building will still have 44 units and 21 parking spaces, according to permits. Mallea has emerged as a fairly prolific designer of mid-size apartment buildings in Brooklyn, and is currently the architect at the former site of Book Court at 161 and 163 Court Street in Cobble Hill. He was the original architect of a building at the other corner of the block, at 410 Tompkins Avenue, before his firm’s rendering upset locals.
The developer Schlomo Karpen has had some trouble in the past, having had to settle with buyers at his Williamsburg Mews development and making headlines as the landlord of the building rented to the controversial Hotel Toshi at 808 Driggs Avenue.
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