An entire block of Bishop Arts is on the market

One of the McDondald sisters’ apartment buildings on Eighth.

A block of neatly kept mid-1900s apartment buildings in Bishop Arts is for sale.

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The properties, owned by sisters Ninette and Marguerite McDonald, take up all but one lot on Eighth Street between Llewellyn and Adams.

When we rang their doorbell Wednesday, Ninette McDonald declined to comment. Their real estate broker, Ben Beaird of HFF, also declined to comment.

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A flyer from HFF doesn’t list a price. But it does state that the 2.67-acre area is zoned for multifamily up to five stories with “no setbacks.” And it’s true.

Five-story apartment buildings that could take up 100 percent of their lots — no back yard, no front yard and no side yard, are allowed. A 10-foot maximum front yard is allowed. In other words, the entire block, from lot line to lot line, could be five-story apartment buildings. (PD 830, district 3, aka the East Garden District, if you’re interested.)

The block currently includes a couple of empty lots and about 11 buildings, including four-plexes, at least one single-family home and a couple of larger apartment buildings. As is, the properties net income of about $340,000 a year, according to the HFF flyer.

The McDonald sisters frequently can be seen doing yard work and other maintenance on their properties. Longtime Oak Cliffers say the properties were assembled — and possibly even built — by parents or grandparents who left them to the sisters.

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  • If I hadn’t grown up in Oak Cliff, and if not for it being the place where my memories dwell I suppose we might agree. However, Brooklyn Heights density was set over 100 years ago when the stacking of human on human was the only way they knew to address housing. Try replicating that in Brooklyn today, it’d meet strong opposition. I see this as a digression personally.

  • You should go visit Brooklyn Heights. One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the nation. 5 stories on skinny streets. We could be so lucky.

  • Street perspective says 5 story’s on a narrow lane residential street blocks has as much access to sunlight as that of a 25 story building in a downtown environment,with 4 lanes and wide sidewalks. If these buildings stand shoulder to shoulder the formula increases. Net result is a lot of depressed residents and sick vegetation. But the bright side is higher alcohol sales to residents of this area and weekend flight to wide open spaces!

  • This seems like a charming block and there are several others that are better candidates for redevelopment, but who are we to tell the McDonald sisters not to cash out and retire happily?

  • I love the La Petite building. Original lighting, fabulous metal stair railings. The thought that this late 50s-60s gem will be bulldozed is appalling. To build generic 5 story monstrosities is truly mindboggling.

  • 5 stories! 10 foot MAXIMUM yard space! Sounds like it will fit right in with the charm and spirit of the area…

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