Demo has started at 111 Clarkson Avenue, the singular Victorian house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens whose style the AIA Guide once described as “berserk eclecticism.” A demo permit was issued March 14. When we stopped by Sunday, a fence had gone up, the interior had been gutted, windows had been removed, and holes chopped in the roof.
As reported, owner and developer Seth Brown from Aspen Equities plans two rental buildings of 22 and 28 units each. The interior of 111 Clarkson Avenue was lavish, as 1970s photographs by Dinanda Nooney revealed, but over the years the exterior had been altered and the house was rotting from years of exposure to the elements.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is fining Whole Foods a second time for failing to maintain the Coignet building at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, Brooklyn Paper reported. The $3,000 fine issued in December was dismissed because the city forgot to bring a piece of paper to court. Grocery store spokesman Michael Sinatra told the paper that restoration began Monday, as we noted. The project is supposed to wrap late this year.
Scaffolding has gone up on the side of the Coignet Building next to Whole Foods, above, where it appears the grocer is finally making good on its obligation to repair the landmark, Gowanus Your Face Off reported.
As we noted previously, in December a renovation permit was approved and Whole Foods was fined $3,000 by the city for failing to maintain the structure (after complaints to the DOB that construction on its new building had caused structural cracks in the facade).
The scaffolding is in the tiny alleyway between the two buildings. A construction sign at the site says the restoration will finish in “late 2014,” said GYFO.
It looks like the crumbling but landmarked Coignet building may finally be getting some love.
In December, the city approved new permits for Whole Foods to restore the building at 360 3rd Avenue. The permit, filed on October 11 and approved on December 3, outlines plans to “renovate building facade, repair, replacement and repointing cast stones wall, reconstruct stairs, install new windows and doors as shown on drawings.”
In early December, neighborhood residents complained to the city that construction of the new grocery store had damaged the landmark. On December 20, the Landmarks Preservation Commission fined Whole Foods $3,000 for failure to maintain the property, The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time. Although Whole Foods does not own the building, it promised to restore and stabilize the exterior in exchange for being able to build its store on the landmark property.
A year earlier, Whole Foods had said it planned to finish the building restoration before it opened its new store.
The former ruin and Gothic Revival beauty at 374 Pacific Street that was asking a staggering $7,900,000 is in contract. A deal was reportedly struck for less than $5,950,000, according to the blog BK to the Fullest. About a month ago, the asking price dropped to $6,950,000, said Streeteasy.
The badly deteriorated building was not even a full shell when it sold for $1,335,000 in 2010. The 26-foot-wide, 7,000-square-foot property has been extensively and lavishly rebuilt. If it closes for more than $5,000,000, it will set a record for Boerum Hill.
When we passed by the mixed-use apartment building at 302 Stuyvesant Avenue recently, we were surprised to see the metal exterior of the corner tower gone and the studs exposed. The prominent corner building has been vacant, boarded up and deteriorating for years, possibly decades.
A full vacate order was issued on the property for shaking in 2008, although PropertyShark photos from 2006 show it boarded up then. The Queen Anne Romanesque Revival style was designed and built by developer and architect Walter F. Clayton and is part of the historic district, according to the designation report, although no year is given.
In September, the building traded hands for $800,000, according to public records. A November application for an Alt-1 permit to turn six apartments into eight was disapproved last month.
Click through to the jump to see the building with its tower intact in April 2012.
A run-down but historic building at 71 Irving Place has been gutted and renovated and is back on the market. Last year, a section of the facade of the multifamily apartment building crumbled while it was for sale for $975,000. At the time, it was marketed as a gut renovation, not a teardown.
The new owners, Big Brooklyn Rehab Company, picked it up for $750,000 and decided to turn it into a three-family. They set up the 1870s brick building as a 2,500-square-foot owners duplex with two floor-through apartments above. Each unit has central air and three to four bedrooms. There are wide-plank oak floors, white lacquer cabinets, marble counters, vented range hoods, vented washers and dryers, and a roof deck. The ask for the whole building is $2,500,000.
The oldest house in Crown Heights North, the freestanding wood frame Susan B. Elkins house at 1375 Dean Street, built in the mid-19th century when the area was still mostly open farmland, is back on the market. This time the ask is $1,100,000, and the building looks to be in worse condition than when it last changed hands in 2011 for $194,000, according to PropertyShark.
At the time, buyer Real Properties Group said it planned to restore the exterior to its 1939 tax photo condition and turn the interior into apartments. In recent months, the Crown Heights North Association reported the owner for “demo by neglect” because neighbors saw gaping holes in the roof.
Unfortunately, the building was left open and looted over the years. Now the current owner appears to have gutted what little remained of the interior. The listing says “Delivered vacant and with an interior that has been completely cleared, you can project your fantasy home and build out to suit your individual tastes and desires.”
As one might expect, there are no interior photos, but click through to the Corcoran listing see a floor plan.
“Yes, it’s finally on the market, the house that we’ve fought so long to protect,” said a member of Crown Heights North Association in an email. “Now it’s our turn to help find a buyer who will restore it to its glory.”
It’s landmarked, so presumably any exterior restoration will not be cheap, quick and dirty. Any deep pockets out there?
Brooklyn Ink has published a remarkable story, well worth reading, about 111 Clarkson, the famous berserk-eclectic Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that in September sold to a developer for $2,675,000. The author spoke to the seller, the buyer, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen, frequent Brownstoner commenter and long-time PLG resident Bob Marvin, and even an owner of the property from the 1970s.
The latter was once offered $50,000 for the windows, or half the price he paid for the house! He refused. Other revelations: The building’s third story is occupied entirely by pigeons. There is a smell of wet wood and water damage in the enclosed porch. And, incredibly, the house still has some furniture in it from the house’s original occupants. (It belongs to the seller and will not be staying with the house.)
Perhaps the biggest revelation is the identity of the buyer: (more…)
The houses at 578 Carlton, right, and 580 Carlton, left, in Prospect Heights as they looked Tuesday. You may remember the sad story: Renovations at 580 caused a partial collapse at 578, where an extension had to be demo’d. The house at 580 was reduced to a mere facade. There is now a full vacate order at 578. An application to build a new two-story addition and reconfigure the interior and redo the facade at 578 was disapproved Monday but is listed as pending. The architect is Rachel Frankel, known for historic-style new buildings. She is also handling the rehabilitation of 580, where plans have already been approved.
When we passed by German bar and restaurant Brooklyn Buschenschank at 320 Court Street in Carroll Gardens last week, everything seemed to be business as usual although the DOB issued a partial vacate order and stop work order for the address August 23. Pardon Me For Asking was the first to report on what happened: While renovation work was taking place on the second floor, neighbors reported that the building “was shaking and vibrating.” After checking it out, the DOB issued a stop work order and a partial vacate order on August 23.
“The inspectors determined that the second floor had been illegally gutted and that major steel support beams had been removed,” said PMFA. The partial vacate order apparently applies only to the upper floor or floors, since the removal of the support beams threatens the stability of the third floor and “access to the fire escape was blocked on that floor” when inspectors came by, PMFA said.
An alt-2 permit has since been filed to remove the obstruction of the exit on the third floor and non structural columns and walls, and it was approved August 30. The stop work order and partial vacate order remain in effect.
Owner James McGown has owned at least six businesses that have filed for Chapter 11 since 2009, according to Crain’s, including South Brooklyn Pizza, which has a location at 320 Court, and P.J. Hanley’s, Brooklyn’s oldest bar, which closed in March. Last month, McGown opened Goldenrod in the same space.
Construction has started at 241 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens, where a 25-foot-wide brownstone collapsed last summer, Pardon Me for Asking reported. DOB permits have been filed and a drawing of the new four-story (plus penthouse and cellar) townhouse is up. It was designed by Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Art & Design. As you may recall, the unsupported side of the building crumbled and fell into the driveway of neighboring P.S. 58.