Preservation advocates at the New York Landmarks Conservancy have suggested Studio V Architecture dial down its proposed design for the adaptation of the landmarked Empires Stores warehouses in Dumbo, according to a few graphs buried at the end of a long New York Times piece today about the project.

Conservancy President Peg Breen praised the plan for restoring the facade, but said the two-story rooftop addition was too big and that a proposed glass arcade — the centerpiece of Studio V’s plan to knit together the buildings and create modern usable space — cuts too many holes in the buildings’ schist walls.

A few other details of the project, which is being developed by Midtown Equities, emerged: The architects want to preserve as many remnants as possible of the building’s past as a hub for the sugar and coffee trades in the 19th century, including iron hoisting wheels, chutes for coffee bags, iron shutters, star-shaped tie-rod anchors, and what remains of painted advertising signs. “We don’t want to take away the aging,” said Studio V’s Jay Valgora. “We want to restore the patina.”

Brooklyn Takes Another Pass at Revitalizing an Abandoned Waterfront Warehouse [NY Times]
New Glass Arcade Will Cut Through Landmarked Empire Stores to Rooftop Park [Brownstoner]
BBP Chooses Developer for Empire Stores [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Studio V Architecture

After a bit of a slowdown over the summer, our intrepid renovation bloggers are picking up the pace again. At the end of August, the Gates Reno gave us an update on the garden floor demolition; demolition was the word of the day on the Windsor Terrace Reno yesterday as well. No more walls! And big stuff is happening at the Crown Heights Reno, where they’ve put together the online equivalent of a flip book showing the rear extension going up (one of the photos is above). Now all we need is news from Bed Stuy. As you may have noticed, when we did the site upgrade last month, we made all the different renovation blogs stream into a master blog so that it’s easier for readers to keep up with new posts. That said, we’d encourage you to click through to view the new posts in the context of their stand-alone blogs. Also, if anyone is embarking on a renovation and would be interested in doing his/her own renovation blog, drop us an email.

The Gates Reno is picking up steam. Tuesday’s post hit on the tiling progress in the kids’ bathroom (shown) as well as the construction of a sliding wall between the two smaller bedrooms on the top floor. Check the link for some nice wall construction shots. Finally, they also made a decision on whether or not to install a ductless air conditioning system. The suspense should be killing you.
Progress [Gates Reno]

Over on the Gates Reno, they’ve come to the conclusion that, contrary to their initial assumption, the wood floors on the top two floors cannot be saved. In addition to being a slight aesthetic set-back (in our book, at least), this also introduces another unanticipated cost to the project, so they’re looking for input on what kind of wood to use and how much to spend. Help anyone?
Which Wood Would You? [Gates Reno]

We told you a couple of weeks ago that we were going to be upping the renovation component of the site and now we’re delivering. After announcing the launch of the Bed Stuy Reno on Monday, we are pleased to introduce the Gates Reno today. Amy and Omer closed on their Gates Avenue house, affectionately known as the Flinstone House because of its distinctive facade, about two months ago and are now embarking on a renovation while they and their two children live in the house. It’s gonna be interesting!
Gates Reno [Brownstoner]