LPC Gives Its Blessing for Dumbo Townhouse Build

Yesterday the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans for townhouses on Pearl Street in Dumbo. The LPC sent the plans back to the drawing board in February. Since then, developers Alloy Development reduced the building’s height by a floor. Curbed attended the hearing, where one commissioner said, “I think it’s a little landmark in the making.” According to Curbed, the five townhouses will each have “four bedrooms, three baths, 20-foot parlor floor ceilings, fireplaces, skylit rooms throughout, and roof terraces.” Alloy will begin demolishing the existing garage at the site in a few months. A rendering of the proposed houses can be seen at center right in the photo above.
Dumbo’s First Townhouses Win Landmarks Approval [Brownstoner]
Facade Proposal Revealed for 55-57 Pearl Street Townhouses [Brownstoner]
New Building Proposed for Dumbo Graffiti Garage [Brownstoner]
Dumbo Lot Sells for $4.25 Million [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Alloy via Curbed

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  • Ugh. They’re so ugly. What is the LPC good for when they approve projects this?

  • How did those preservationists and architects get appointed to the LPC when their understanding of good practice is so inferior to Ben’s? Maybe they bribed someone or it was nespotism or something.

  • More solid middle-class housing for families in that mid-range two to five million dollars a year bracket.

  • Hopefully they will be more attractive in person. They do look quite ugly in the rendering which in my experience is almost always nicer than the real buildings.

    This building will have a noise issue being right next to the bridge. Im sure it will be whisper quiet inside but you’ll never be able to open your windows without hearing the roar of a train every 5 – 10 minutes.

  • The LPC has a specific mandate. They cannot regulate all aspects of new design in historic districts; they can only assess the impact on the area – usually through massing and material selection. I think it looks quite nice, sort of like the Enrique Norten building in Park Slope. I’m not surprised the architects on the Commission liked it.

  • m926bk hit the nail on the head; LPC was looking at height and scale issues. While I’m not swooning over this design, this area has a history as an industrial zone there is a lot more leeway in materials and designs that they will approve. If this had been proposed for a brownstone neighborhood they would have been repeatedly raked over the coals. Still, we know there will be some contemporary-design buildings built; which is often better than a grim pastiche of past styles that pop-up elsewhere.