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Neighbors Plot Challenge To Seven-Story Building Planned For Corbin Place In Brighton Beach

7 Corbin Place (Source: Google Maps)
7 Corbin Place (Source: Google Maps)

Plans for a seven-story mixed-use building at 7 Corbin Place have neighbors ticked off, and opponents are plotting a grassroots challenge to get the city to nix the proposal.

The eight-unit building will include medical offices and “community facilities” on the lower floors, and is compliant with zoning. But neighbors say it will increase traffic, exacerbate parking issues and cause structural problems for an adjacent building at 9 Corbin Place, with which it’ll share a chimney.

“Our main concern is that … they’re planning a medical office and community center for senior citizens, and that’s what everyone’s nervous about because traffic there is already a nightmare,” said Corbin Place resident Galina Zhitomirsky.

Zhitomirsky noted that seven streets already feed into Corbin Place. The building itself is wedged adjacent to two other intersections, and Corbin Place is the terminus for several blocks including Brighton 13th Street, Brighton 14th Street and others. During the summer, she said, parking is already a nightmare as it’s the second street with year-round parking for Manhattan Beach patrons, since visitors can’t use that neighborhood’s streets. Furthermore, Zhitomirsky noted the presence of P.S. 225 around the corner, which further adds to congestion and parking issues. “Corbin Place is very congested as it is and to have medical offices and labs and a senior citizen center; it’d be a nightmare.”

The site is the intersection of three streets. (Source: Google Maps)
The site is the intersection of three streets. (Source: Google Maps)

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz publicly joined the fight yesterday, issuing a press release criticizing the developers for taking advantage of zoning laws and being inconsiderate of neighbors.

“Just because something is ‘as of right’ doesn’t mean it’s in the best interests of the community,” Cymbrowitz said in the press release.

The building will be located at the intersection of Corbin Place, Cass Place and Brighton 12th Street on the Sheepshead Bay – Brighton Beach – Manhattan Beach border. According to the local pol, a nearby outpatient drug treatment center on Brighton 12th Street already brings a glut of ambulettes to the block.

“Traffic and parking here are a nightmare. Throw in the additional ambulettes dropping off and picking up patients, people using the community facilities and residents with more than one car and what you end up with is a situation that is a quality-of-life nightmare,” said Cymbrowitz. He added that nearly 50 neighbors have contacted his office about the building.

The assemblyman has requested a Department of Transportation traffic study, and will soon turn to the Department of City Planning to reduce the zoning for that particular tax lot.

The building itself is classified as a six-story building – keeping it within zoning guidelines. It’s six stories plus a ground floor that will not be used as livable space, a height bonus allowed for by regulations for developments in flood vulnerable areas. The ground level will be used for parking and storage.

Neighbors are organizing a meeting tonight in the community room of 134 West End Avenue at 7:30 p.m. to further map out their opposition. They’ve confirmed the attendance of several local elected officials, and are mulling whether to take their fight before the community board later this month.

“Everyone we’ve talked to has been very against this,” said Zhitomirsky. “We’re listening to Cymbrowitz’s office and everyone else to see what they recommend we do.”

The property’s owner, however, has not been invited.

“We’re not even sure who they are,” said Zhitomirsky.

City records indicate that the 4,095-square-foot lot, with the two-story home, was purchased in December for $1,225,000. The buyer purchased the house under a generically named limited liability corporation, but the address is shared by Maximillion Realty at 101 Avenue U. The Department of Buildings approved the construction plans on January 16, 2014.

Alex Novikov, an agent at Maximillion Realty, confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that he is one of the owners. He added that he has no intention of bending to neighbors’ concerns.

“They already came many times to the Department of Buildings. They got many answers already. They’re a little bit out of their minds, that’s all,” Novikov said. “This is a question to the commissioner of the Buildings Department. It has nothing to do with the newspaper … We’re going to move forward according to the plans approved by the Buildings Department.”

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  1. Give it up, the buildings department was bought and paid for already. You are dealing with billions in illegal cash being funneled through these neighborhoods that has to be laundered and the politicians and bureaucrats get their little taste.

    If you can’t afford the payoffs, the politicians cannot be bothered with trifle things like laws.

    Sell your property now, or be thankful your eastern european “neighbors” aren’t building a 30 story Condominium Complex. There are no zoning laws that cannot be “changed” for a hefty “donation”. Wait until the New Manhattan Beach Hotel begins construction once a little change is made to zoning “laws”. It is already in the works with the “little” property owners already being terrorized to sell.

    In the new land of Khazars, if you can’t pay or payoff, you are at the mercy of all of those who can. Be thankful, with the millions your eastern european neighbors stand to launder through these “developments” the surrounding homes property taxes WILL SKYROCKET. Just another way to be forced from your homes, so more “deserving” people can turn a hefty profit.

  2. Why do not you take the racial element out of it and maybe your diatribe will make sense. Also, if you have concrete evidence of bribes, you might get a hefty reward from FBI.

  3. You always here these Russians put up a fuss about this about that in the neighborhood. Shut the hell up scum. no one like the russians has used the government to their advantage like they have. Now that they make a whopping $45,000 median household income in Brighton and Sheepshead bay, they go in like madman and woman ripping everyone in their sight. The one’s who need to get out of Sheepshead Bay are the Russians. Reagan once called these people Evil and that is what they are. In the middle of brooklyn you have a cult of former communists who think that they are Tea Party members. Local Italian and irish families send their kids to our private schools and Colleges, puting up their mortgaes in the process on occasion. Meanwhile, the Russians, ride around in fancy foreign automobiles and send their children to CUNY and than want them to be an entitlement, ahead of everyone else there. Theses Russians are bad news, the only two places that allow russians to practice their Tea Party craft are Brooklyn and San Francisco. brian Boitano and Ellen Degeneres gotta be likin their play.

  4. Well done, my friend for speaking the truth against these Russian mafia loving wretches, who are in the Tea Party. I ask you it is almost laughable how these Russians get away with scamming NYC out of millions of dollars. Where else do you see Tea Party mafiosos, I thought that the Mafia was liberal unions. Okay, it is safe to say that these liberals and mobsters seem to like the Russians masqueredeing as Tea Partiers all over Brooklyn and San Francisco. The politicians are liberal, for whom the Russians do not vote for, yet they are allowed to build Condos everywhere. Why are we feeding these animals. Who is giving them jobs in NYC. They are not like the rest of whites in South Brooklyn, the Irish and the Italians moved out a long time ago. This russian filth has their women work for them, have women go to college and get good, high paying jobs and then give these two bit crooks money for some business ventures. Russians=evil. Shame on you Wall Street and other conservatives for hiring these white women, who do not share the same lifestyle as you do.

  5. Has anyone seen all the other development in the immediate area? There is a big building going up around the corner on West End Avenue just south of Shore Blvd. And something else will be going up on the western lot on West End just south of Oceanview.

    Adequate off-street parking is never included because of exemptions for the developers and the idea that we shoud use already overcrowded buses that do not stop without new service being added.

    Then all the politicians complain about increased traffic congestion and parking nightmares. Any wonder? You do not have to be a genius to see why traffic congestion is ever increasing. The City is causing it!

  6. Where do you get the mafia/TEA Party Connection?

    TEA = Taxed Enough Already. If anything they are good Democrats who know who to payoff to get their cut of the ever growing pie. People that don’t pay taxes aren’t worried about being Taxed Enough Already.

  7. More parking tickets to be written. Wait until the the New Manhattan Beach Hotel opens in a few more years. All of the property has nearly been assembled and the payoffs are being made to alter the “zoning”. The only way to see the ocean once this thing goes up will be from an airplane.

  8. I will once Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler and their neighbors in California have equal foreclosure rates to the people in Sheepshead Bay. Perhaps, maybe you feel that jack and Adam should move to the Bay to avoid foreclosure.

  9. Mark is just one of those Brooklyn racists and bigots who walks around, hates everybody and complaints about everything.
    You can’t change a person sadly.

  10. Common friend, you and I know that the russians in our neighborhood always espouse a Tea Party loving rhetoric, yet most of their friends are in the mafia or are some low lives collecting welfare checks like you. Why are you a Tea party member? Do you go anywhere? Look around you? do you see Sheepshead bay changing? It is your sin of feminism. Your sin of giving preferences to women over men. I look forward to the day when the whites are 5% of NYC, if they aren’t already. Then the women will run to the suburbs and will be given preferences over men. Then the minorities will be brought in. The whites will not live under soddom and gemorrah. Rather, they will simply cease to exist.

  11. Simply put, your women wont put out. So you bring in the Russian wimen to work with the American men beacause you are the racist. it is over, white America is gone forever. A russian women working as an AVP for Barclays or Goldman Sachs, while her boyfriend sits in the UFC gym all day wont certainly change that fact.

  12. Wow.. Did your neighbor’s dog tell you to write all of that? Watch out for parking tickets, that’s how they got Davie Berkowitz.

  13. After reading “comments” for several years, writers like “MARK” are the reason why I support “Nedsorship” Not every moron deserves to have their incoherent & deranged rants published.

  14. I disagree. Every moron has the right to have their incoherent and deranged rants published. Just as every reader has the right to ignore every moron.

  15. Legally speaking, only I have the right to have my incoherent and deranged rants published here. The rest of you are just on a guest pass.

  16. this was my best friends house for as long as i can rem ,,,,,,let them build a condo this aint gonna bother any of you so i see no reason for any of u fryers to even write anything ,,,,if u got a problem see me 4 corners 13 street ahhh get em!

  17. Jealous Americans are so filled with prejudice against Russians.
    This is not your neighborhood anymore, you should move and let us make palaces where your hovels are now. We pay you cash to leave.

    So many live like savages cheap homes, cheap clothes and cheap cars – You hate to see others living like stars while you enjoy being peasant. There is trailer homes in New Jersey very cheap, should move there and not worry about traffic.

  18. Zatsiya, you make it sound like Americans are a group of people completely separate from you.

    Please don’t forget that you’re also American.

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