Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.
The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.
A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:
Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.
RAL Development’s Robert Levine, far left; ODA New York’s Eran Chen. Photos by RAL and ODA
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. has chosen developer-architect team RAL Development Services, Oliver’s Realty Group and architect firm ODA New York to design and build two controversial residential towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, park officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
The winning proposal was selected from 14 submissions, and the process was held up by a lawsuit. That lawsuit has concluded, but now the plan must go through a public review process.
The winning design is more restrained than is typical for ODA but still shows its signature theme of assemblages of boxes. It also matches the existing condos right next to the sites at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, aka 360 Furman Street, a former 1920s Jehovah’s Witnesses industrial building that winning developer RAL Development Services converted to residential use a few years ago.
Significant details of the development have changed, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s call for affordable housing on the site, the lawsuit and controversy over the height of a development in another corner of the park, at the Pierhouse condos and 1Hotel. (more…)
Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark
Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.
It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.
She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)
The sales listing calls this 21-foot-wide Italianate brownstone at 25 Monroe Street in Bed Stuy “classic and timeless,” and that seems a fair estimation. It’s a beaut, full of airy, high-ceilinged spaces and nice details, including arched doorways, crown moldings, original woodwork, French doors, and marble mantels.
Generally speaking, the house looks to be in top shape, and the listing says there are “new systems throughout,” including central air. There’s a lovely kitchen in the lower duplex that looks recently renovated, and marble bathrooms. (more…)