Haters of the now-dead 20-story glass condo tower that was going to rise at 33 Lincoln Road will be happy to know that the new developer plans to do pretty much the exact opposite. At last night's small ULURP Committee meeting at Brooklyn's Community Board 9, Tom Anderson of Anderson Associates presented his plan for a 9-story, 133-unit rental building. The building, which is technically two buildings connected by an enclosed corridor, is situated on an odd L-shaped 26,000-square-foot lot that abuts the above-ground subway line and has frontages along Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue. It's less than a block from Prospect Park, and a subway entrance is beside the building. The ground floor would have two retail areas and a community space, and building amenities include bike storage, a rooftop deck, cafe, gym, laundry room, and underground parking and storage spaces for rent.
CB9 member Michael Cetera, an architect himself, loved the plan and thought it would be a great building for the area. Anderson and his partners are working to get funding through the HDC's New Housing Opportunities Program, which means that units in the building would be below market rate. Twenty percent would be affordable to low-income families, and the other 80 percent would be affordable to middle-income families earning up to 130 percent of the area's median income. In other words, 80 percent would be about 10 percent below market rate.
Building permits are pending with the DOB, and the plans have already been approved by Housing Preservation Department. Anderson and company are reaching out to the community for support, and they are in talks with the nearby Maple Street School to possibly offer them the community space. The proposal will go before the full community board on October 23rd, and if all the following approvals go as planned, the building could break ground in three months.
· 33 Lincoln Road coverage [Curbed]