Demolition Planned for Seven-Story Office Building in Downtown Brooklyn

A demolition application was filed December 31 to take down a seven-story office building at the corner of Jay and Nassau Streets. The building at 199 Jay Street sits on the edge of downtown Brooklyn and Dumbo on a 17,085-square-foot lot that is 175.92 feet by 100 feet.

There are no recent sales in public records, and permits list the owner as Amtrust Realty, which purchased the building in 2006. The demo permit hasn’t been issued yet because there’s no plan exam. (The top of the application has a note that reads “application processed — no plan exam.”)

The property is located next to busy traffic on Jay Street and an exit from the Manhattan Bridge. DOB records indicate it was built in 1913. GMAP

Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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  • Well that is a shame – its a beautiful building and easily convertible to alternate uses. Wonder why

  • And the LPC is…missing in action as usual. They probably have too much work on their hands preventing people changing windows and doorknobs.

    • Is there any indication that this is a landmark district or that this building is individually landmarked? If not, seems like the LPC is the wrong person to complain about. That said, I felt the same way about a big warehouse building torn down on Bedford near the Y. In the 70s or 80s it would have been repurposed using the existing building. These days the market and the financials seem to lead to destruction and new construction. I guess in the end if we want older buildings repurposed we should buy them ourselves and do the project.

  • Why? What a lovely building. Such a shame – looks like it could easily make for a decent condo development or (heaven forbid) a much-needed new school in the area.

  • I agree it’s a nice building, but why would anyone want to live or work there? That has to be one of the busiest traffic corners in BK.

  • So will that change when they put up a new building in place? Probably not. All the more reason to leave it as is.

  • This really would have made a great conversion of some kind. It’s a really handsome building. I bet what ever replaces it will be much less attractive.

    CMU, the LPC is over worked and understaffed and underfunded. Even if it wasn’t, they don’t run around landmarking buildings without community input. That’s not how they work. First of all, they’d need to know about a danger to the building before permits were issued for demo. If the community doesn’t tell them, what are they supposed to do? If they had the staff to look at every building in the city that was going to be demo’d and the power to decide if that building was landmark worthy, and quickly landmarking it to prevent demolition, everyone would be up in arms about them circumventing the desires of private property owners. You’d be howling about more than doorknobs.

    Once in a great while, that works in saving truly special buildings. I think this is a great building, and should be repurposed, not torn down, but landmark worthy? That would depend on who designed it, and for whom, what went on in there, and the importance of the building to the architectural, historic or cultural fabric of the city. I’ll see what I can find out, but unfortunately, it’s not going to save it.

  • I suspect the owner of this building also owns the parking lot next door and a much larger building will be replacing both. Great footprint for a school but an awful location with all that traffic, maybe a middle school would work.

  • Agree with dashpa,

    They were recently doing test borings on the adjacent parking lot. Surely they will be building a huge glass box monstrosity in its place. A real shame as it is a nice and solid building – a school building by the way!

  • the shabby townhouse on the south side of the parking lot is coming down also, and a few months ago coring samples were being taken from the parking lot, so clearly something possibly large is afoot here.

  • What I don’t get is that (if I am reading the zone right (C6-2)), this building is already in excess of FAR for that lot — normally it would be 6.0 and this is about 6.39. Can a developer grandfather the existing FAR into a new building?