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Unpleasantville: Marine Parkers deride six-family monstrosity on quaint block

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Longtime Marine Parkers are livid the city let the owners of a small one-family Kimball Street home supersize it into a multi-family monstrosity they say is completely out of character with the neighborhood — and part of a trend that, if it continues, will let developers turn their beloved enclave into an overcrowded mess the likes of which can sadly be found just a few blocks away.

“What they’ve done to Sheepshead Bay is horrifying,” said Louise Quinlan. “We’re one of the few neighborhoods left from the old days.”

Unlike the quaint one-family homes it is surrounded by, the Kimball Street six-family between Avenues T and U sticks out like a sore thumb, thanks to its cluster of gas meters up front and mess of ductless air-conditioning units attached to it side. On top of that, it has a painted handicapped parking space in front, replacing what is normally a patch of grass, is noticeably taller than its two neighbors, and has entrances on the side as opposed to the front.

“It’s hideous and ugly,” said Quinlan. “There’s nothing in the front, no garden. It destroys the look of the block.”

The home generated a lot of buzz when someone posted a picture of it in a Marine Park Facebook group in January, leading to several angry comments focused on the house’s number of floors and look from the outside.

Local real estate agent Jerry Minsky said he agreed the building clashes with the rest of the neighborhood.

“It’s dead situated among a lot of beautiful old homes built in the 1920s and 1930s,” he said. “What they did at the Kimball house aesthetically went against the continuously historic houses, and not in a tasteful way.”

The building is classified as a residential apartment home. The previous single-family house on the lot was demolished in late 2015, and the Department of Buildings issued a new work permit for the construction of a new six-family residential building last November. This permit expires in October, according to a department spokesman.

Kimball NY Corp. owns the property, according to the Department of Finance database. Representatives of the company could not be reached for comment.

Minsky said he thinks Marine Park should consider pursuing a historic district designation to help stop any over-development, an age-old concern for some Marine Parkers. But last year, Community Board 18 District Manager Dottie Turano asked the city to pay for a study to upzone the area, a budget request that she said she would scrap after outcry from residents.

Quinlan and many others have also criticized a structure going up on Avenue T near Hendrickson Street, saying its appearance is atypical and that it won’t be a single-family home as its classification states. The developer, however, maintains it is for one family and showed this paper floor plans.

Some Marine Parkers feel they are losing their neighborhood’s small-town charm as bigger and taller projects like those on Kimball and Hendrickson streets go up.

“The highest thing around Marine Park is the trees,” said local Bob Tracy. “We’d like to keep it that way.”

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 3:28 pm, February 8, 2018
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Bikerchick from Sheepshead Bay says:
I feel your pain. Come to Haring Street Between U & V and see what they are doing to us. It is just disgraceful how this once beautiful neighborhood has been taken over by money hungry builders. There are no concerns for the people who live on the blocks that they take over with these mega buildings that do not fit in at all. I think that before any permits are issued to build, that someone from the buildings department should take a good look at what is going to be put up before they are allowed to build and out some assort of ruling in to place to adhere to the neighborhood's zoning laws. I feel bad for the people on Kimball who not only have to live with this monstrosity, but who have to look at it everyday.
Feb. 8, 8:29 am
Bruce from Sheepshead Bay says:
Been living in Sheepshead Bay my entire life. Absolutely love all the development going on here. Southern Brooklyn is finally catching up with the rest of Brooklyn's development renaissance.
Feb. 8, 10:48 am
Joe Bloe from Bensonhurst says:
I remember the good old days when most of brooklyn was farm land does that mean it should have stayed that way ? I think not. Things change, neighborhoods change that's why we have a choice to live where we want. If you don't approve move.
Feb. 8, 3:52 pm
Bikerchick from Sheepshead Bay says:
Joe Bloe since I assume that your move comment was aimed at me, no I will not move. In fact, I will never leave Brooklyn. I was born and raised here and actually have nothing against change unless the "change" betters the look of the block or neighborhood. In this case it looks like pure $hit. I'm, sure you know what they say about opinions........
Feb. 8, 4:14 pm
Jamie from Williamsburg says:
I prefer the offensive buildings to the pseudo non-offensive buildings.
Feb. 9, 8:54 am
Joe Bloe from Bensonhurst says:
I know what I say about yr opinion, Bull-——.
Feb. 9, 9:39 am
john from Marine Park says:
To all the bickering thats going on this is what these developers want fighting among our selves.We have the same problem on our block the house number is 1953 Kimball Street. A stop work order has stop this developer from continuing his work, but at the same time DOB has allowed this eye sore to stay up indicating that there has been a pay off by the owner of this illegal construction, remember the inspectors that got arrested, just saying. This guy broke the law but yet its still up. To the people that are mad about this building that went up, it should have been stopped during its early development stage which we have failed to do. The owner of 1953 has broken the zoning laws and yet this illegal construction is still up. The real estate agencies claim they will stand by us and not let this happen, but hello, its happening.
Feb. 9, 1:47 pm
Jack from Marine Park says:
Selected Entity Name: KIMBALL NY CORP
Selected Entity Status Information Current Entity Name: KIMBALL NY CORP
DOS ID #: 4744690
Initial DOS Filing Date: APRIL 20, 2015
County: NEW YORK
Jurisdiction: NEW YORK
Entity Type: DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION
Current Entity Status: ACTIVE

KIMBALL NY CORP
C/O 139 CENTRE STREET
PH106
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10013
Registered Agent
NONE
Feb. 10, 11:29 am
Jeff from Bensonhurst says:
It's a shame how neighborhoods get destroyed by the massive buildings that are built. One good example is Borough Park.
And Joe Bloe from Bensonhurst, you are an IDIOT!
Feb. 10, 2:28 pm
Chow Mein from Sunset Park 8ave says:
That building is called Chinese special.
Feb. 11, 12:23 pm
Chow Mein from Sunset Park 8ave says:
That building is a Chinese special.
Feb. 11, 12:23 pm
Sam from Mill says:
FYI, this area is zoned R4, and has been since 1961, so this type of development has been allowed for a LONG time. It's just now, that the market has caught up and developers, both big and small, or (rightfully) taking the opportunity to build per the maximum density that the zoning allows (and always allowed)
Feb. 12, 12:42 pm
Tony Manero from Bensonhurst says:
I think J Bloe is 100 % correct, remember when the Indians occupied this area ? Until pale face moved in. I bet they were livid too. Things change except the ignorant losers they stay the same they know nothing about nothing. . BLah blah blah. Face it idiots this building is legit and allowed by the ZONING. If not I would think the commissioner would have revoked the permit IDIOTS. And by the way the real idiots are the ones making libelous and defamatory statements. The other kimball st address, according to the DOB website says the contractor withdrew from the job that's why there is a stop work order its in black and white.
Feb. 12, 8:59 pm

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