Bedford-Stuyvesant

Construction and renovation galore in Bed-Stuy

Eye On Real Estate

May 18, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Here's a glimpse of the Marcí, a newly built rental apartment building at 691 Marcy Ave. in Bed-Stuy. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

There’s action on almost every block.

Condo construction. Rental apartments rising up. Historic-home restoration.

Bedford-Stuyvesant is busy, busy, busy.

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We could spend all day enumerating the interesting projects underway in the neighborhood. Instead, here’s a sampler so we don’t weary you. And read our related story about the condo development that’s under construction at Bed-Stuy’s 366-368-370 Gates Ave.

* There’s a newly constructed rental-apartment building at 691 Marcy Ave. called the Marcí. The developer, Brookland Capital, purchased the site where it now stands for $4.5 million in 2014, city Finance Department records indicate.

* A mixed-use residential and commercial development is underway at 281-291 Tompkins Ave. According to City Buildings Department and Finance Department records, the developer is the Iconic Group and the architect is Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design.

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* A mansard-roofed house that would be right at home in an Edward Hopper painting, 186 Quincy St., is being renovated following its 2015 purchase for $3 million. The managing members of the purchasing LLC are Simon Schischa, Theodore Schischa and Isaac Weiss, Finance Department records indicate.

Though it is being renovated, it will continue to be used as an 11-family residential building, according to Buildings Department filings.

A Brownstoner.com story by architectural history expert Suzanne Spellen identifies the original owner of the 1870s-vintage Second Empire-style house as Joseph C. Hoagland. His family business, the Royal Baking Powder Company, made a fortune.

Last fall, we saw the inside of Hoagland’s mausoleum during a tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. The tomb is very lovely in a somber way.

* We’re obsessed with a beautiful but run-down house at 12 Verona Place. Of course the street name makes us think of Romeo and Juliet’s hometown.

An LLC bought the house for $600,000 in a 2014 all-cash deal, Finance Department records indicate. Since there’s no mortgage and a lawyer signed the deed on the buyer’s behalf, the name of the actual person who owns 12 Verona Place is not a matter of public record.

A construction company called Park Developers & Builders has posted a sign on the front of the house.

According to Buildings Department filings, the owner plans to convert the building, which currently has “10 rooming units and one dwelling unit,” into a five-family home.

The eye-catching house is in a recently landmarked area called the Bedford Historic District.

According to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about this district, this Second Empire-style brick rowhouse was built around 1881.


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