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Saturday, November 04, 2006

21-Story Glass Tower To Rise Across the Aquarium

It sure looks like development in the south end of Brooklyn is beginning to catch up with its north-end counterpart. Since the residential Oceana condominiums on Brighton Beach and all the other condos that have sprung up on Emmons Avenue, there hasn't been much activity besides a lot of mystery and vague promises along the amusement area which just now seems to be starting to simmer. Yet nothing at the height of this 21-story glass tower at 271 Sea Breeze Avenue.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (found via WiredNewYork & CIUSA board) reported a few days ago that the Bobker Group along with several partners, plans to construct this 85-unit condominium tower on a vacant lot adjacent to Asser Levy / SeaSide park which sits across the street from the New York Aquarium. (The partners include: The Bobker Group’s partners include Perry M. Finkelman, CEO of American Development Group; and Mark Engel, CEO of Langsam Property Services Corp) Architect Michael Even of EM Design Group, based in Manhattan, is designing the project.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports:
with its location in the predominantly-Russian area of Brooklyn, the development will be called The Sochi after the famous Russian resort city on the Black Sea, known as “the summer capital of Russia.” Brighton’s Sochi will offer unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. That is because the New York Aquarium is across the street between the high-rise site and the beach.The units will range from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms plus there will be several duplex penthouses. Amenities will include high-end imported finishes, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, secured parking, and a lifestyle-enhancing health club to include tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.The Bobker Group is currently developing over 500,000 square feet of residential condominium projects in the city, including the Morgan Lofts, an $80 million project at 36th and 5th in Manhattan; 127 Twin Tower condominiums in White Plains; and a 42- unit development in Gravesend, Brooklyn, adjacent to the prominent Syrian Jewish community, in conjunction with well-known Russian general contractor Joe Klaynberg from Wonderworks.This new site is a large through-lot (to Brighton Avenue) that is 21,720 square feet and measures approximately 150 feet by 145 feet. It is zoned for residential use.The June sale was reported at $13.8 million by

Brighton Beach to Get Modern High-Rise [WiredNewYork]

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posted by Omar Robau @ 11/04/2006 01:25:00 AM 


Blogger Preworn said...

So wait, the proposed site is EVERYTHING basically on the north side of Asher Levy Park? Is that what I get from those details?

Because if so, I'm going to cry if that happens. Those buildings are magically great. And I have amazing memories walking up West Brighton 1st Street with my mom and dad to play in the park. Now, that will be gone? Damn it. I know this city is changing but I never imagined that would be built—or even proposed—to go there.

June 12, 2007 at 11:41 PM  

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