Condo Coming to Union Street in the Slope

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the developers who purchased 910 Union Street in Park Slope—formerly home to the Cathedral School of Brooklyn, between 8th Avenue and the park—are gearing up to build a seven-story condo on the site. The 15-unit building, according to the developers, will be “contextual with the rest of Brooklyn and the block…We’ll use red brick and minimal glass.” The article doesn’t give a time-frame for the build, which is supposed to include a medical office and gym in addition to the condos. The developers purchased the property three years ago for $5 million. Update: More info on the medical space via this listing (PDF), which says it will be complete by spring of next year.
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  • That is one garish rendering.

  • Cripes doesn’t anyone have any taste anymore? I’ve seen worse but why should that be the highest praise that can be mustered?
    Anyone who goes into architecture or development should be required to have a peer review on aesthetic proficiency.
    Well, that stretch of Union is a loss anyway…

  • So they’re tearing down a great facade and replacing it with a (ridiculously bad) “interpretation”?! Is that what I’m gathering from the rendering?

    The building has the feel of a parking garage (nicer than the one next door, but still a garage).

  • That is pretty, I like it.

  • If the “project leaders” are the same as the “L- Lofts” in bushwick, as one of those links says, then we should be happy this is what we got–

    look at the “architect’s” site:

  • Union Street traffic disaster coming

  • Blofeld, a “traffic disaster” because someone is building 15 apartments a stone’s throw from the subway?

  • This is awful. Let’s get rid of the pastiche of the arches, the weird, full-height “bow,” and that terrible rendition of a broken pediment for the entryway.

  • Good god that looks awful. Instead of half-ass retaining the facade, why not just retain the facade and building on-top/behind? It looks like a precast, tilt-up concrete parking garage.

  • Everyone’s right. Saving the facade and building above/behind it would be so much more attractive.

  • Kensington, because that block of Union is always backed up and a job going on will make it MUCH worse, with more horn honking on block and backups into 8th Avenue

  • As far as I knew, they WERE saving the old part and building on top. Hard to tell from a photo whether that’s actually the case or not.

  • for some reason my pearls of wisdom aren’t posting–
    According to one of the links, the ‘architects’ appear to be these people:

    Judging by the look of this site, I would say we made out well, very relatively speaking…

  • The rendering above and the one shown on the listing for the medical office are quite different, though neither is attractive.

    This building was on the list of next buildings to be landmarked, so the developer who bought it rushed to get his permits and then sat on it for years. He then had to bring in more partners to help with financing issues.

    They are preserving the bottom of the building and adding four floors on top.

  • dylanfan — If that’s what they’re doing (which would be great), why doesn’t the rendering reflect this? In other words, it doesn’t look like their doing that!

  • Because like many things on here and elsewhere, you can’t tell the whole story about something from ONE photo. Not even a photo in this case…a computerized version of a photo.

    Why is everyone here so quick to judge everything so negatively before they know any facts?

  • Looking on the bright side, this is only half as fugly and tall as 939 Union across the street.

  • Well, as I said, the two renderings offered on this post don’t even match, so it’s hard to say exactly what this building will look like, but the permits filed indicate that they are keeping the bottom floors and adding four floors on top. They may be altering the facade of the lower floors–at least it looks that way in the entrance area.

  • Ditmas, you are so right. 939 Union is really awful from the outside, but I hear the apartments inside are really nice.

  • The old looks boring and uninspiring. It looks like P.S. [enter favorite # here]. Tear it down. Build all new. Besides, for the cost of the larger footings/foundation for the larger building while salvaging the original would likely be prohibitive.

  • The front steps look like a trip hazard.

  • “permits filed indicate that they are keeping the bottom floors and adding four floors on top. They may be altering the facade of the lower floors”

    What is the point of preserving the lower structure but removing its facade? Worst of all options?

  • Kind of a bummer for whoever lives directly behind this place.

    If you look closely at the rendering, you can make out the outlines of the original. They are definitely “retaining” something. It’s a bit weird though.

  • Personally, I think it looks nice and certaintly looks better than what was there before. For a new development, it blends in with the surroundings, unlike so many other new developments in park slope. I don’t know about all of you but if I could afford to live in a building like this, right off the park, I would move there in a second. I also hear it is zoned for 321 which for those who want to live in that school district and NOT live on 4th avenue, it provides an option for doing so.

  • I’m not saying it’s perfect, but then again what would be? If it were some glass and steel modernist building folks would say it didn’t fit in and why didn’t they build it out of brick? These folks are building out of brick and trying to be contextual while still having some modern sensibilities. I’d say A for effort… B/B- for results.

    If you look you’ll notice that maybe those arches are actually the remaining tops of the windows on the 2nd floor, which would explain their inclusion, and the columns at the doorframe is part of the current facade but cut back to allow for a window for what i’ll assume is either a lobby or 2nd floor unit…

    Regardless of what we all say here, I’m pleased to see that construction is starting on ANY buildings right now, as the revitalization of the construction industry and the jobs created both on the site and through the MILLIONS of dollars in materials purchased to construct the building can only be good for the overall economy.

    At the end of the day this is going to end up being a more than acceptable building that will likely sell very well in a prime location in a prime neighborhood.