Five-Story Building Approved in Crown Heights Historic District

CROWN HEIGHTS — Developers hoping to replace an empty lot and dilapidated garage with a five-story residential building in the Crown Heights historic district got permission from the city to move forward with the project this week.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a design from ADG Architects and developer Jeffrey Gershon of Hope Street Capital for 906 Prospect Pl., a mostly empty lot between New York and Brooklyn avenues included in the Crown Heights North Historic District II.

Gershon bought the lot in September of 2014 for $3.5 million under the name “906 Prospect Partners LLC,” deeds show.

Last summer, building permits show the LLC filed plans to build a 22,000-square-foot building on the property, but needed to get permission from the LPC before breaking ground.

The developers first came to the LPC in November to present the project plans according to a first report by New York YIMBY, but didn’t get approval until this week when the group brought design revisions for consideration by the commission.

The building will have a limestone and brick facade, roof cornices and decorative window trimmings similar to neighboring buildings in the area, according to the design plan. The building will have 19 units in total, permits show.

Currently, the lot includes a boarded-up garage, first built in 1897, according to LPC records.

Before Gershon purchases the property, the nearby Brooklyn Children’s Museum looked at the space as a possible spot for a parking lot for visitors and staff.

It's unclear when work will begin on the new building. No demolition permits have been filed by the developers, according to Department of Buildings records.