Demo started Friday for the crumbling wood clad house on Smith Street, neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking reported. As you may recall, the three-story mixed-use building at 159 Smith Street between Wyckoff and Bergen recently filed permits for a two-story addition, and PMFA feared its intact facade would soon meet the wrecking ball.
No permits have been filed for complete demolition of the building, meaning that the foundation and party walls or some other aspect of the building could be preserved. The house stood for over a hundred years and retained its cornice and the detail around the windows.
Click through to PMFA for some really good photos of the work in process.
The United States Postal Service and Community Board Two hosted a public hearing on Thursday evening about the relocation of two post offices: the Pratt Station Post office at 524 Myrtle Avenue and the Times Plaza Station Post Office at 542 Atlantic Avenue. Each location’s lease agreement will soon expire, at which point both property owners have other plans for the buildings.
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery voiced concern over the relocation of Myrtle Avenue’s post office, as its current location is convenient for many area residents. She said she would like to work with the post office through a committee to help find a suitable new location.
USPS Real Estate Specialist Joseph Mulvey said every attempt will be made to keep retail services and carrier operations together in the new locations. However, if a large enough space cannot be found — 8,600 square feet — the services may have to be separated, he said.
The post office will take written comments on the move for the next 15 days (by mail). After that, the post office will outline its plan for conducting the search in a letter to the borough president, mayor, and the community board.
After this, any member of the community will have up to 30 days to appeal the decision. Once a decision is made, the search for suitable properties will continue. The borough president and community boards will be notified of proposed new locations, and then another round of feedback and comment will start.
The post office has engaged CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate firm, to help with the search. They’re already in preliminary talks with property owners, he added.
Drug treatment and psychotherapy center New Directions lost its lease and plans to relocate to 500 Atlantic Avenue in March. The substance abuse treatment program has been headquartered at 202-206 Flatbush Ave between Bergen and Dean since 1983.
More than a dozen neighbors came out at last night’s community board meeting to voice their opposition to the move. Community Board 2 supported the relocation plan, noting that many people in the community benefit from drug treatment services.
Neighboring property and business owners at the meeting said that they didn’t want another health service on this stretch of Atlantic, where there are already medical and dental offices, a hip center and transitional housing for the homeless. Business owners, as well as the Atlantic Avenue BID, said the block needs retailers or restaurants that would draw more foot traffic to the area.
“We’ve seen crime go up… I hear people screaming down the street, and I think it affects my business,” said Karen Zebulon, the owner of a craft shop, Gumbo Brooklyn, across the street. ”I think I would do better on a different block. We need more retail on the block.”
Several neighbors said they are worried recovering addicts and alcoholics will bring safety issues and crime to the area. However, New Directions Executive Director Mark Solomon said the program had never needed to call the police or been cited by the state. And he emphasized that the center offers psychiatric services, group therapy, art therapy and criminal justice services, but it isn’t a detox or methadone program.
“There’s really been no negative impact [on our current neighborhood],” said Solomon. GMAP
A crumbling wood-clad 19th century row house on Smith Street with all its trim intact is probably going to be altered beyond recognition soon, according to neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking. Permits have been pulled for a two-story addition, and blogger Katia Kelly speculates the cornice will probably be removed and the facade altered.
Of course, it would be great if the addition were set back and not visible from the street, and the front facade were restored. The property is located at 159 Smith Street between Wycoff and Bergen Streets in Boerum Hill.
This two-bedroom floor-through apartment in Boerum Hill has a nice amount of square footage and a great location. The 1,200 square foot apartment has six rooms, including a formal dining room, office, small den and a large living room. The kitchen is big enough for a small dining table and has a dishwasher. There’s also a walk-in closet and a big kitchen pantry. What do you think of it for $3,000 a month?
Neighbors have been trying to save Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer since the summer of 2012, when the diocese announced its plans to demolish the Gothic Revival structure at 24 4th Avenue. Unfortunately, it seems like the site is destined for high-rise condos. The church is moving forward with plans to sell the property for $17,000,000, according to Carolynn DiFiore Balmelle of the East Pacific Street Block Association.
Halstead will market the large property, she said, which allows up to 70,000 buildable square feet. (We saw a preliminary flier for the property, although there’s not yet a listing online.) However, the diocese requires that anyone who develops the land has to set aside 22,000 square feet for the church. They’re looking for a developer to build an eight- to 10-story condo building with possible ground floor retail.
The East Pacific Street Block Association had presented the diocese with an alternative to demolishing the 127-year-old church: A restorer could restore the building at no cost to the church and hand back all the retail space to them. Even though they could charge an annual rent of $400,000 for the space, church officials have resisted restoring the building, because they say it would take $4,000,000 in repairs to get it back to good condition, she said.
Yesterday we reported on a similar deal to demolish a historic theater and replace it with a private residential development that would include space for the church that last owned the building. At least five other churches in Brooklyn are currently being razed or converted to residential apartments — three in Crown Heights and two in Bushwick.
Today’s rental is a two-bedroom, two-bath duplex going for $4,500, just like yesterday’s. But this one is a loft-style apartment in Boerum Hill at the Smith, a condo development built in 2007 by controversial developer Shaya Boymelgreen. Everything seems very modern and bright, from the 21-foot ceilings and double-tier windows in the living room to the mod-look kitchen. The 1,294-square-foot unit also comes with a decently sized private terrace and a washer and dryer. The only downside might be that narrow rectangular kitchen. What do you think of the apartment and its price?
This mid-19th century brick row house is configured as two duplexes over four floors. There are a couple of marble mantels and other original features, although it’s been somewhat modernized. There is also one wood burning fireplace, a roof deck, and a garden designed by the landscape architect owner.
The gas boiler, roof and water and sewer lines are all new, notes the listing. Do you think $2,590,000 sounds about right?
We took a walk around 301 State Street last week, one of the 9 Townhouses on State Street between Hoyt and Smith. Construction is wrapping up, and Corcoran broker James Cornell told us the first of the townhouses closed last Thursday for $3,650,000. Four others are in contract and contracts were sent out on two more. Two are still available, including the largest of the townhouses, a 4,800-square-foot home asking $4,300,000.
The row at 301-309 State Street was designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, which also designed 14 Townhouses down the street at 267-287 State Street. The four-story, 4,300-square-foot house at 301 State (asking $3,650,000) has four bedrooms, four baths, a small private garden, roof terrace and a cellar. The garden floor has a family-room alcove next to the front door, then the kitchen, dining room and french doors leading out to the garden. The parlor floor has a large living room with a fireplace, and the top two floors have two bedrooms each. The development is aiming for LEED certification and has locally made, environmentally friendly kitchens from Pure Kitchen.
When we last visited in July, workers were adding copper sheeting to the facade of the last townhouse in the row.
Click through the jump to see pictures of the interior!
Atlantic Avenue BID is hosting a pub crawl tomorrow at 15 bars on Atlantic Avenue from the Heights to Cobble and Boerum Hill, and you can check in at one of four venues to get a wristband that entitles you to drink specials and giveaways at each bar on the route. You can get all the info here, but the four check-in spots are the historic Montero’s, The Brazen Head, Bijan’s Brooklyn and St Gambrinus Beer Shoppe. You can sign up online for free or register at the door for $2 to get a wristband. It lasts from 6 pm to 12 am on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged!
Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are becoming quite crowded with upscale women’s fashion these days. On November 7, chain boutique Intermix is set to open at 140 Smith Street in the old Saul space, Racked reported. It will join Lululemon, Splendid, Barneys Co-op, Steven Alan and the forthcoming J.Crew, among others in the area.
The interior will retain its existing exposed brick wall, and will gain black steel fixtures, distressed leather tabletops and wallpaper by Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper, said Racked. Intermix carries a variety of contemporary and designer fashion by such as Rag & Bone, J Brand and Stella McCartney.
This branch will carry some local designers, and nearby ice cream shop Van Leeuwen will briefly offer an “Intermix” flavor consisting of dark chocolate with spice and pecan brittle. Sounds tasty.
When we passed by 345-353 State Street recently, it looked like work was just beginning on the row of traditional neo-Georgian townhouses there. State Street Townhomes, from developer State Renaissance Townhomes II, is one of a number of brand-new but traditionally styled row house developments in Brooklyn. The seven townhomes with 11 units will include four two-family homes and three one-family homes, according to a sign posted at the site.
This group is just down the street from the modern style new construction townhouses, 9 Townhouses. Construction is supposed to finish up in fall 2014. No word yet on whether the interiors will be modern or traditional. What do you think of the exterior design?
Click through to the jump to see part of the construction site.
Update: The most recent filings show two architects: Steven F. Levine and — surprise! — Scarano. We also found some old renderings of the interiors, which are modern (though they show a “traditional” option), but we don’t know if they’re still valid.