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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Culver El Printer Friendly Version
Culver El Rezoning - Approved!
Existing Context & Zoning
Overview | Existing Context & Zoning | Proposed Actions | Public Review

Neighborhood Character
The rezoning area’s surrounding neighborhood  mostly consists of two- to three-story residential buildings with commercial uses on the ground floors and one-story commercial buildings along the main corridors of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 13th Avenue, and one- and two-family homes on side streets. The historic Greenwood Cemetery is located nearby, just west of Fort Hamilton Parkway. The Church Avenue Station on the F subway line provides access to this neighborhood.  The area is also served by the B35 and B16 bus lines; the B35 line provides east-west access from 1st Avenue in Brooklyn to the intersection of New Lots Avenue and Hageman Avenue.  The B16 line provides north-south access from the Q and B train station at Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard, through Borough Park to Bay Ridge. 


Culver El Land Use Map
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Within the rezoning area, residential uses are predominant and typically consist of one- and two-family detached or semi-detached homes of two and three stories, as well as groupings of rowhouses.  Community facilities of four-to five stories dot the neighborhood and typically contain private religious schools and houses of worship. 

Centered on the blocks between 37th and 38th Streets are commercial, light industrial and warehouse uses in high lot-coverage buildings, typically built to one- or two-stories. The number and variety of manufacturing uses in the area has decreased over the last decade and today only an assortment of companies that repair automobiles, manufacture religious goods and warehouse merchandise continue to exist. A large, one-story department store is also located within the rezoning area along 37th Street between 13th Avenue and Old New Utrecht Road.
13th Avenue is developed with three-story mixed use-buildings with ground-floor retail and residential or office uses above along both sides of the avenue.  This pattern of development extends to the south where 13th Avenue becomes a main commercial corridor within the Borough Park neighborhood.

The Proposal area includes two 50-foot wide parcels of City-owned land located on the south side of 37th Street, between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue, and between 13th Avenue and Old New Utrecht Road.  These parcels are part of the right-of-way of the former BMT Culver Elevated Shuttle transit line and the ground-level South Brooklyn Railroad which ran south of 37th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and McDonald Avenue.  Service on the elevated transit line was terminated in 1975 and on the ground-level railroad in the early 1980’s.  The elevated structure was demolished in 1985 and the New York City Transit Authority surrendered the right-of-way, a seven block, 50-foot wide strip of land to New York City.  Since that time, portions of the right-of-way have been disposed of to community groups and private businesses for affordable housing, parking and for manufacturing and commercial uses.  The two vacant parcels within the Proposal area are the last two remaining undeveloped portions of that former railroad right-of-way.

Semi-Attached Homes on the south side of 36th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Semi-Attached Homes on the south side of 36th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Semi-Attached Homes on the south side of 36th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Semi-Attached Homes on the south side of 38th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Former right-of-way of the Culver Elevated Shuttle and the Southern Brooklyn Railroad.
Former right-of-way of the Culver Elevated Shuttle and the Southern Brooklyn Railroad.
Thirteenth Avenue mixed use corridor.
Thirteenth Avenue mixed use corridor.
Commercial Use at 13th Avenue 38th Street.
Commercial Use at 13th Avenue 38th Street.
Manufacturing and commercial use on 38th Street, between 13th and 14th Avenues.
Manufacturing and commercial use on 38th Street, between 13th and 14th Avenues.
Retail and manufacturing uses on 39th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Retail and manufacturing uses on 39th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Mixed Uses on 38th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues. 
Mixed Uses on 38th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues. 
Community Facility use on 38th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues. 
Community Facility use on 38th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues. 



Existing Zoning
Zoning districts within the rezoning area, which have been in place since the current Zoning Resolution was adopted in 1961, no longer accurately reflect the existing land uses in the area. 

Culver El Existing Zoning Map
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M1-2
M1-2 districts are mapped over 71% (5 full or partial blocks), in two sections, of the 7 block rezoning area. M1-2 districts are low-intensity manufacturing districts. Today, this area is built with a variety of light industrial, commercial, and residential uses. 

M1-2 districts permit only commercial, manufacturing, and certain community facility uses. M1-2 districts have a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.0 for commercial and manufacturing uses, and 4.8 for community facility uses. There is no maximum building height and building envelopes are controlled by the sky exposure plane. Off-street parking is required in the M1-2 district.  The amount of required parking varies according to the size, use, and location of a development.  New residential uses are not allowed.

M2-1
M2-1 districts are mapped over 29% (2 full blocks), between 37th Street and 38th Street, within the 7 block Proposal area.  M2-1 districts are medium-intensity manufacturing districts. Today, this area is built with one-story commercial structures, warehouses, and community facilities permitted through application to the Board of Standards and Appeals for special permits.

M2-1 districts permit only manufacturing, and certain commercial uses. M2-1 districts have a maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.0 for commercial and manufacturing uses. There is no maximum building height and building envelopes are controlled by the sky exposure plane. Off-street parking is required in the M2-1 district.  The amount of required parking varies according to the size, use, and location of a development.  New residential uses are not allowed.







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