Most of President Street in western Crown Heights is densely built out with townhouses, aging apartment blocks, a huge armory, and in some places, detached mansions. But every once in a while, the owner of a small commercial property bows to Crown Heights’ market pressures, either developing their property or selling it to someone who will.
One of these particular properties is 1201 President Street, a single-story garage between Nostrand and New York avenues. The President Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains is around the corner, and the Nostrand Avenue 3 train stop sits a block away on Eastern Parkway.
Salomon Ezagui has filed plans for a six-story, mixed-use building there. The cellar and first two floors would be devoted to a 9,600-square-foot synagogue, followed by 16 apartments. The project will only have 11,375 square feet of residential space, yielding average units of 710 square feet. There will also be nine parking spots – the minimum required to satisfy the site’s R6 zoning.
The current owner is headquartered in a house across the street, and he’s hired Midwood-based architect Sandor Weiss, of Gelu Durus Musica.
The 6,400-square-foot property hasn’t changed hands since 1990. And demolition plans have not yet been filed for the property’s current garage.