A wee tempest is brewing over Two Trees Management’s plans to build a 60-foot, mixed-use structure next to the future home of Trader Joe’s in the Independence Bank building on Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Zoning in the area allows new construction to rise 50 feet, and Two Trees has applied for a waiver in order to build 10 feet higher. Last week, however, Borough President Marty Markowitz threw a possible wrench in the Walentas plans by denying Two Trees’ request, claiming it would set a dubious precedent for future Cobble Hill developments. At the same meeting, a rep for Bill deBlasio said the Councilman didn’t think the Two Trees building would set a bad example since all such proposals have to be reviewed by the city on a case-by-case basis. With Marty and Bill pitted against each other, you can bet there’ll be more noise about this one before all’s said and done. Meanwhile, the Two Trees proposal now heads to City Planning for review; a spokesperson for the department told us the Commission would likely hold a hearing on the request in September and vote on it in October.
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A new boutique condo development has hit the market at 1329 East 17th Street in Midwood, with one-bedrooms starting at $399,000. The Graystone has “one bedrooms plus home offices,” according to the Aptsandlofts listing. There are currently five units on the market at the six-story building, which has a common roof deck. Each apartment is about 815 […]
Real estate investment firm LIVWRK Holdings is in contract to buy an industrial building in Red hook for $21,500,000, which it plans to convert into offices and “creative spaces,” The Real Deal reported. The renovated property should be ready for move-in by mid-2015, the firm estimated. Located right at the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery […]
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