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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Scaffolding went up on the Montauk Club at 25 8th Avenue in Park Slope earlier this month. Looks like they might be repointing the brick in the front. Anyone know what they’re doing? Incidentally, when there was scaffolding on the landmark building in 2011, six brides threatened to sue to get their deposits back.
A mixed-use row house that looks like it will fit in well with the neighbors is going up at 202 Grand Street in Williamsburg, in what was previously an empty lot. We’re happy to see the heights of the stories are in keeping with the context. This has potential, depending on what finishes are chosen. […]
Winter has finally packed its bags, and it’s a perfect time to plant all manner of trees, perennials and annuals. It is also a great time to weed and reseed your lawn, before the weather gets so warm Bermuda grass takes over. Warmer days and frequent rains give everything a good start. In preparation for […]
Seven homes out of nine have sold at the Townhouses of Cobble Hill development, according to a PR rep. The Landmarks-approved modern-yet-contextual houses at 110-126 Congress Street went on the market in May for $3,650,000 to $4,200,000, and only 110 and 114 are still available. The four-bedroom, five-bath house at 110 Congress has 3,318 square feet […]
Average rents rose 77 percent in Brooklyn while city wide real median income fell 4.8 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to a report out from the city comptroller described in The New York Post. The increases were the largest in any borough. A story in the Times implied that meeting Mayor de Blasio’s stated […]