Developer Wants to Flip Freestanding Flatbush Wood Frame With Approved Plans for $4.85 Million

The house in 2016. Photo by Joe Strini for PropertyShark


A developer’s plan to replace a freestanding house in Flatbush with a block of modern apartments seems to have hit a snag and now the property is up for sale.

Although a permit to demolish the freestanding circa-1900 wood frame Neo-Colonial at 100 Lenox Road was issued in February and a permit to construct a seven-story, 32-unit apartment building has been approved, the house was still standing as of July, complaints about it being open and unsecured against squatters reveal, and in May, the city filed an “unsafe building” lis pendens against it.

Perhaps the developer ran out of money (a request for comment was not returned), but in any case the property is now asking $4.85 million.

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Rendering via Bienefeld Architecture

The developer, Moshe Tal of B.H. Tal Real Estate, bought the 5,500-square-foot lot, which included the two-family house and a freestanding garage, in October 2015 for $2.6 million.

The house is located on the corner of Bedford Avenue (its alternate address is 2088 Bedford) and surrounded by large apartment buildings. Next door at 94 Lenox Road is another freestanding house of the same era, in the same family for decades, according to public records.

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Newly constructed 2100 Bedford Avenue behind 100 and 94 Lenox Road. Photo via Ariel Property Advisors

On the other side is a new eight-story condo building designed by architect Karl Fisher; three similar frame houses at 2100-2110 Bedford Avenue were demolished in 2015 to make way for it.

A rendering of the proposed apartments by Bienenfeld Architecture shows a symmetrical white building with large windows, white fluted pilasters, and grills for PTAC units. Pergolas crown private terraces surrounding the penthouse unit, although terraces are not mentioned on the Schedule A.

Wood frame houses are falling prey to development all over the borough, and activity is especially intense in PLG and Flatbush.

Should the plan to replace the house with apartments be realized, the house next door will be completely dwarfed by the modern apartments that tower over it.

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