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The townhouse going in at 242 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — the one that Beastie Boy Mike Diamond is helping design and develop — is nearing the finish line. “It looks great,” said a reader who snapped this photo when he passed by last week. A tall fence made the site impossible to see, but it seems to have been replaced recently by a regular construction fence.

The architects are John and Jill Bouratoglou. A listing went up in September, and construction is supposed to wrap in December. The ask is $4,980,000, and it’s not in contract yet. What do you think of the look so far? GMAP

Under-Construction Boerum Hill House, With Beastie Boy on Design Team, Hits Market [Brownstoner]

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It’s painful to shell out a million bucks and only get a single floor of a townhouse, but such is life in several Brooklyn neighborhoods these days. At least in the case of this top-floor place (which is asking $1,025,000) you get a nice-looking product. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has been very tastefully and thoroughly renovated. Being on the top floor also has its benefits: The skylight really enhances the kitchen and natural light in general seems ample.

143 Bergen Street, #401 [Corcoran] GMAP

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The rendering above shows what could rise at 125 3rd Avenue, a development site in Boerum Hill for sale for $6,500,000.

There is a one-story commercial building on the site now, which has a total of 15,785 buildable square feet. If the buyer also purchased air rights from a neighboring property, that figure would increase to 19,631, according to Massey Knakal, which is marketing the site. It changed hands last year for $2,550,000.

No applications for building permits have been filed recently. Thanks to a tipster for forwarding the image.

125 3rd Avenue Listing [Massey Knakal]

297 Dean Street, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Colony House Settlement, now Colony South Brooklyn Houses, Inc.
Address: 297 Dean Street
Cross Streets: Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1928-1929
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The settlement movement in New York City began in the late 19th century in the slums and immigrant communities of the Lower East Side. Settlement houses, like the Henry Street Settlement, founded in 1893, had a leadership role in social reform in the city. They were private charitable houses established to aid primarily women and children with such basics as food and shelter, and later acted as community centers where children were organized for play activities and when they got older, job training.

By middle of the first decade of the 20th century, there were settlement houses all over the city, including several in Brooklyn. Their mission was to work with the poor, and most of their activities revolved around the immigrant communities they were located in. They were non-sectarian, and had the support of Christian and Jewish leaders.

The Colony House Settlement was founded in 1916 by members of the Brooklyn Chapter of New England Women, an upper-class women’s club. Mrs. John Lansing Swan was the founder of Colony House, along with other prominent club members. They rented four rooms at 555 Atlantic Avenue with the idea that they would be helping factory girls by providing a refuge for them. (more…)

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Contracts have been signed at seven of the eight condos at 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, which are still under construction after hitting the market five months ago. Developer and architect Alex Barrett, of Barrett Design and Development, sent us these photos of Unit 3A, a two-bedroom, two-bath asking $1,300,000 and the only apartment still left on the market. A business has also signed a contract for the ground floor commercial space, but we don’t know who it is yet. Construction began last year on the six-story building, which replaced two decaying townhouses, and is expected to finish by the end of the year.

The modern and industrial condos are made out of cast-in-place concrete over steel deck, and feature wide plank white oak floors, powder-coated steel cabinetry and private basement storage. Click through to see more construction shots.

440 Atlantic Avenue [Official]
440 Atlantic Avenue, #3A [Corcoran]
440 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Real estate investment firm The Jackson Group has paid $20,000,000 for the Gothic Revival Church of the Redeemer in Boerum Hill, DNAinfo reported. Neighbors spent years fighting to preserve the 127-year-old structure at the corner of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue, but the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island began marketing the church as a development site last year. Church officials told DNAinfo that “mounting monthly costs” forced them to sell the building, which needs an estimated $4,000,000 in repairs.

The deal does not include space for the congregation, which was part of the church’s original plans to sell the property. The sale closed the week of September 5, but it hasn’t hit the public records yet. The Jackson Group hasn’t revealed whether they’re going to demolish the building, which sits on a lot zoned for a building as large as 70,000 square feet and up to 10 stories tall, a source told us.

Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer Sells for $20 Million [DNAinfo]
Sale and Demolition Planned for 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The glitzy (but short) three-story mini-mall destined to replace the St. Vincent’s parking lot on a busy corner of Atlantic Avenue is no more. Walls are finally rising, and permits were approved last month for an 11-story mixed retail and residential development. Click through to the jump to see renderings sent in by a commenter. Also, the address has changed and will now be 60, not 66, Boerum Place.

The first three levels will be retail, with a total of 46,428 square feet of commercial space. Floors 4 through 11 will house 75 apartments, according to the Schedule A filing.

The developer is Alex Adjmi of A&H Acquisitions. As far as we can tell from public records, the property is still owned and leased by the Catholic church.

We have to say, at this location, a taller building makes more sense and the new design is a big improvement over the old one. What do you think? GMAP (more…)

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A partially constructed townhouse at the corner of Pacific Street and Boerum Place in Boerum Hill has hit the market for $4,980,000, and the listing has some fresh renderings with interiors designed by one of the Beastie Boys. The four-bedroom, four-bath house at 242 Pacific Street will weigh in at 4,150 square feet, according to the Corcoran listing.

Brooklyn-based architects John and Jill Bouratoglou are designing and developing the house with Mike Diamond, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who designed his own Cobble Hill townhouse with the Bouratoglous. (He also designed his own wallpaper for it, Flavor Paper’s Brooklyn Toile.) The modern home will feature a double height living room, private garage, two outdoor terraces, a roof deck and a central vacuum cleaner system. Construction is expected to finish in December of this year.

Click through to see the interior renderings. What do you think of the design?

242 Pacific Street Listing [Corcoran]
Single Family Townhouse Planned for Corner of Boerum Place and Pacific Street [Brownstoner]

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192-194 Bergen St. Scott Bintner, PS, 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former factory, then St. Cyprian’s Protestant Episcopal Church, then Sacred Heart Chapel, now private home.
Address: 192-194 Bergen Street
Cross Streets: Corner Bond Street
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1920s
Architectural Style: Simple 19th-early 20th century brick factory
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Boerum Hill Historic District (1973)

The story: Boerum Hill is one of Brooklyn’s older neighborhoods, with much of its residential housing stock built just before and just after the Civil War. The two houses next door to this building were built in 1860, as were the two similar houses that once stood on this double lot. Sometime in the 1920s, the houses at 192 and 194 Bergen Street were torn down, and this plain, small factory building was constructed. Whatever this factory produced is lost to history, I could find no record of its products or ownership. (more…)

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The Boerum Hill post office’s new home will be located at 594 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, a former warehouse that’s being converted to retail space. The new location, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, is about a 10-minute walk away from the old one at 542 Atlantic Avenue, according to Postal Service officials quoted in a story in The Brooklyn Paper. We found the above rendering for the new post office on the construction fence; click through the jump to see the building under construction. (more…)