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 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.
This classic one-bedroom at 360 Clinton Avenue just hit the market with an asking price of $480,000. It’s in good shape with lots of prewar charm. And as far as Clinton Hill goes, you can’t get a better location. The ask of $480,000 is a good bit of dough for a one-bedroom in the area but this is a nice one and the market is strong so no reason to bet against it!
It looks like this funeral home at the corner of Fulton and Downing Streets in Clinton Hill will be demolished soon for a six-story, 28-unit building designed by the ubiquitous Karl Fischer. Demolition applications were filed last week to knock down the three-story funeral home at 1045 and 1047 Fulton, but they haven’t been approved yet. The apartment building will have 21,048 square feet of residential space with bike storage and private terraces, according to a new plan exam application. Original plans for the site called for an eight story building with 32 units, but it appears the architect has refiled after the first building application was disapproved.
Clinton Hill yoga studio Move with Grace is partnering with Fort Greene-based fashion company White Noise to offer a pop-up shop with a mix of clothing, accessories, home decor and gifts for the next four Saturdays. Move with Grace is using part of the proceeds to fund its effort to build two additional rooms in its studio. MWG’s founders recently began an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $20,000, which they say will help pay for the renovation, new equipment and furniture, and promotional materials. During their renovation, MWG wants to add a shower, studio skylight and a soundproof rehearsal space for musicians. They hope to expand their normal schedule of pilates and yoga classes and host movie nights, children’s events and a variety of community workshops. The pop-up shop will happen inside the yoga studio at 469 Myrtle Avenue on Saturday November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21, from 2 to 8 pm. GMAP
This house looks amazingly intact and in good condition considering it’s currently a seven-family. There are marble and wood fireplaces, original floors, tile, pocket doors, stained glass and other grand details throughout. But the wood work is painted, we see damage in some areas, and there is no mention of the mechanicals. Plus there’s that pesky C of O. So it has potential but is going to need some work. For an ask of $2,595,000, do you think this project is worth taking on? Update: The agent contacted us to point out that, actually, the listing says “much” of the home’s electricity has been updated.
Brooklyn is changing so rapidly it’s mind-boggling sometimes. But in the midst of this rapid change, it’s nice to see proof that sometimes, people have the sense to leave well enough alone. Although even in the case of this particular building, the new, which is now old, was built on the rubble of what came before. These are the Clinton Apartments, one of Clinton Hill’s most recognizable buildings, proudly standing at the intersection of Clinton and DeKalb Avenues, two of the neighborhood’s finest streets.
The Clinton Apartments were built in 1897, when this neighborhood was at the peak of its development as one of Brooklyn’s wealthiest and most desirable neighborhoods. The area had first been popular a decade before the Civil War, because of its proximity to the docks and factories at Wallabout and the Navy Yard, where many a merchant prince made his fortune. From here, high on the hill above the smells and noise of the harbor, as well as the humble homes of their workers, wealthy men had built suburban style villas on large lots, enjoying their gardens and grand porches while only a short distance from the conveniences of the city.
As the 19th century entered its last twenty years, Clinton Hill had a second growth spurt. Charles Pratt, whose oil money made Pratt Institute possible, had chosen Clinton Avenue for his home, and the homes of his sons. He had large mansions built for all of them, and encouraged his oil industry colleagues and other wealthy friends to join them. Between 1880 and 1915, Clinton Hill changed tremendously. Almost all of the first wood framed villas disappeared under the wrecking ball, replaced by even larger and more substantial brownstone, brick and mortar mansions. (more…)
Work recently began on a planned seven-story building at 976 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, where the one-story Bargains R Us is being converted to a 23-unit apartment building, according to a tipster and permits. The ubiquitous Issac and Stern Architects are designing the building, which will have 17,211 square feet of residential space and 3,306 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, according to a plan exam approved in late October. A tipster told us way back in May 2012 that the building would become condos, and it looks like those plans are finally coming to fruition. The building changed hands in April 2012 for $1,250,000, public records indicate.
It’s been a couple months since we last checked in at the three three-family buildings going up at 260, 262 and 264 Greene Avenue. Windows are now going in, but other than that, there isn’t too much progress evident on the outside of the building. Presumably they’ve been busy with the interiors. The developer is Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital.
Last time we checked in at the big mixed-use building going up on Myrtle Avenue between Hall and Grand in Clinton Hill, the Associated grocery store had been razed and they were preparing to start work on the foundation. Now the foundation has been dug, and the exterior and interior foundation walls are going up, reinforced by rebar.
It looks like Flatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton is opening another restaurant in the old Sister’s Hardware storefront in Clinton Hill. Sister’s Hardware closed its doors at 900 Fulton Street in May 2012 and the space has been vacant ever since. We don’t know what type of restaurant it will be, but we do know Gorton applied for a full liquor license last month.
We frequently fantasize about how we could renovate one of the relatively affordable, family-sized units in the Clinton Hill Co-ops to make the most of its World War II-era design. So it was with great interest that we came across this renovation of one of these apartments on Sweeten. (In fact, Sweeten has done several projects in these buildings, they told us.)
The homeowners had already been living in the apartment for 11 years. The biggest changes they made were opening up the space by eliminating non-structural walls and replacing the beat-up parquet with white oak flooring. They also redid the kitchen and bath. Click through to the jump for a few more photos and to the story for before-and-after shots.