As you may recall from our announcement last month, we’ve embarked on not-so-modest real estate development project to convert the old Studebaker Service Station at 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights into a office and studio space for the legions of folks in the surrounding neighborhoods who are pursuing their own creative projects. A year from now, we (meaning Brownstoner, our development partner BFC Partners, our financing partner Goldman Sachs and the two groups responsible for allocating New Market Tax Credits to the deal–Waveland and United Fund Advisors) hope the four-story, 160,000-square-foot complex is swarming with a mix of technologists, artists, writers, jewelers, small food producers, etc. That seems like a long way off right now, as the more immediate matter at hand is turning what is essentially an old garage, albeit a mighty sturdy one, into a high-tech hive that is designed to foster interaction and creativity. To that end, BFC, which has been building large buildings across the city for almost three decades, has begun work on the facade already. Meanwhile, we are all working closely with Selldorf Architects to finish up the overall design for the building, which will include a new core with two new passenger elevators as well as new bathrooms, mechanicals and all the other fun stuff that will make this a functioning and hopefully thriving place to work. Over the next few months we will keep you updated with the development process as well as give you a taste of some of the building’s history. We’ll also have the website for the project live soon, but in the meantime feel free to fill out the leasing survey to get your name on the list for when space becomes available in the first half of next year. To get started, we’ve got an action photo of some of the facade repair that’s already under way.
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There will be five homes, all with gardens or landscaped decks, on The Brooklyn Heights Association’s house tour this year. Also on the program are refreshments and guided tours of the sanctuary at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. The tour takes place Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets ($30 for members […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: The Decatur Address: 142-144 Decatur Street Cross Streets: Corner Marcus Garvey Boulevard Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights Year Built: 1888 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: George L. Morse Other work by architect: Temple Bar Building – Court Street, Franklin Trust – Montague Street, Abraham & Straus annex – Livingston Street, […]
Brooklyn-based real estate firm Realty Collective will open an office in Clinton Hill, its fourth location. The official opening of the office at 466 Grand Avenue will take place Sunday April 27, the firm said in a press release. The new location will also handle business in Fort Greene, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Its […]
OK, it’s really narrow and there are a lot of down lights but this Greenwood Heights house at 396A 19th Street looks pretty cute to us. Goes to show what some great rugs and Timorous Beasties wallpaper can do, right? That bath looks pretty slick, and we also like the new unpainted clapboard exterior. We’re not so […]