Big news — although not unexpected — for Prospect Lefferts Gardens and preservationists: The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday voted to designate Chester Court. The beautifully intact teens Tudor Revival cul-de-sac was first suggested for landmarking back in the 1970s as part of the original historic district in the area.
Also yesterday Landmarks approved the revised plans for the mixed-use development that will replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill. The redesign is similar except the windows look more like those of surrounding buildings: Tall and narrow — but still lots of them. Yay, Landmarks.
The Municipal Arts Society is hosting a walking tour of churches in Cobble Hill this weekend, exploring existing houses of worship, converted ones and even ones that were demolished. Local historian Mary Ann DiNapoli will lead the walk through Cobble Hill’s historic district.
Pictured above is the Christ Church and Holy Family Episcopal Church at 326 Clinton Street. The tour will take place Saturday at 11 am, and tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members.
And at 2 pm on Saturday, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen and preservationist Morgan Munsey are leading a tour of Crown Heights North. Tickets are also $20, and can be purchased here.
Although it falls outside the historic district, this four-story brick house at 18 Douglass Street in Cobble Hill looks to us to be quite old, possibly from the first half of the 19th century. It’s extra wide (25 feet, according to PropertyShark), and appears to be in fairly decent shape with some nice details such as marble fireplaces. In the bathroom pictured, we’d lose the tile and plumbing bump-out, but keep the claw foot tub.
It’s set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. Listed in October, it recently had a price cut and is now asking $3,300,000. There is an open house this weekend. Has anyone seen this in person? What do you think of it?
The nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill have sold out after hitting the market over a year ago at 110-126 Congress Street, according to PR reps for developers JMH Development and Madison Estates. The Morris Adjmi-designed homes debuted in May 2013 with asking prices ranging from $3,650,000 for a three-bedroom, five-bath house to $3,875,000 for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom one.
Meanwhile, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the four new-construction townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street (above) are all in contract less than a month after listings appeared, Q at Parkside reported. The three-story, three-unit homes hit the market in mid-November, priced from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000.
That is very fast. The Q speculated the buyers are investors who plan to rent out the three-family houses. Based on the floor plans, prices, and the patterns we see in the area and elsewhere, we would have to agree.
Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.
The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.
As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.
Developer Lonicera Partners and PKSB Architects are planning to build a modern-style two-story retail building in a landmarked area of Cobble Hill. The architects will reveal the design for 178 Court Street at a community board meeting December 4, DNAinfo reported.
Plans filed with the DOB call for a 30-foot-high building with 5,454 square feet of space. The building will entirely cover the lot, which is approximately 50 feet by 56 feet.
Lonicera Partners bought the empty lot in August for $1,733,334. If plans are approved quickly, the developers hope to start construction early next year and finish in nine months, an exec with the developer told DNA.
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We get pretty excited whenever one of these adorable but tiny Warren Mews cottages comes up for sale, since it doesn’t happen often. Unfortunately, this one has lost its original staircase, floors and baseboards, but the floor plan is well designed.
Space is always a challenge in these workingmen’s cottages, built in 1878 by visionary philanthropist Alfred Tredway White, because they have only two small rooms on each floor. This house has rather cleverly turned the bottom and top floors into bedroom floors, each with one bedroom and one bathroom. (The open top floor is currently being used as a sewing studio.) The rear room of the garden floor functions as a mudroom-slash-laundry room, and the kitchen is on the parlor floor.
We could do without the exposed brick and beams, which belong in a loft, but those can be fixed. There’s an open house Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 3 pm.
The ask is $1,400,000. Do you think they’ll get it?
A listing has just gone up for one of the three townhouses created out of the landmarked 1902 Dudley Memorial medical building on Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The conversion has been in the works since 2007, and the townhouse at 118 Amity Street is asking $7,795,000.
That princely sum will get you a vertical slice of the French Renaissance palace-style building on its own tax lot, a side yard, and more than 6,000 square feet of interior space. There are five bedrooms, a wine cellar, a roof terrace with a hot tub, and lots of other high end features.
In 2012, Brown Harris Stevens put up a listing for a townhouse in the building with the price of $3,850,000 and the address of 355 Henry. We published the renderings for that sale and they look quite different. As far as we know, it is not in contract.
But the timing of this sale may be unfortunate — will the new owners be able to enjoy the hot tub and other amenities while development proceeds on the opposite corner at Long Island College Hospital?
Yesterday the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli signed off on SUNY’s plan to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to developer Fortis Property Group, Brooklyn Heights Blog reported. The approval came two days after a march during which local politicians and community groups called on the attorney general and the comptroller to investigate the deal, which they said appeared to be rigged.
“What happened to the Othmer Endowment money? Was the bidding process legal and appropriate? At so many points it appeared rigged, there’s no other word for it,” Brooklyn Eagle quoted City Council Member Brad Lander as saying. “Officials have written to Attorney General Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli. We’re asking the Attorney General and the Comptroller to thoroughly investigate these questions.”
Many questions about the deal remain, said the Eagle.
A rendering has been revealed for the mixed-use development planned for what is now a gas station on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street in Cobble Hill — but Community Board 6 has already rejected it. The look of the building for 112 Atlantic Avenue is “too glassy” and it “destroys the gateway entrance into the Cobble Hill Historic District,” DNAinfo reported members of the board said.
We have to admit we’re a little surprised – the design looks mostly brick to us and vaguely reminiscent of an early 20th century factory. It doesn’t look particularly offensive, nor does it look like a modern office building, as new developments so often do. (Although one board member said he thinks it does look like a modern office building.) Landmarks will take a look November 18.
Developers are Avery Hall Investments and On the Level Enterprises; the architect is BKSK Architects. Click through for a recent shot of the site. What do you think would work on this corner?
The last and biggest of the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street has just hit the market and the price will set a record for Cobble Hill if the developer can get it: $7,500,000.
The high price of No. 2 Strong Place may reflect that the property is not just one house, but two: There is an 800-square-foot carriage house in the back with parking on the lower level and a studio apartment with kitchenette above.
All three townhouses are in a landmarked area and were designed by CWB Architects with Landmark’s approval. The exteriors were modeled on the neighborhood’s historic row houses but the interiors are modern. The developer is Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. The townhouses were briefly on the market pre-construction in early 2013. No. 2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. No. 4 was listed earlier this month.
The townhouse at No. 2 Strong Place is about 4,000 square feet over five levels. The garden level has the kitchen and dining area that looks out through double height windows onto the garden. The parlor level has two living rooms and a wet bar. The master bath and second bedroom are on the next floor up, and two more bedrooms are above. The top level can be used as a home office or study, according to the listing.
To put the price in perspective, the current Cobble Hill record holder is 305 Degraw Street, the 6,000-square-foot carriage house with a modern renovation and green wall that recently closed for $7,000,000. A double-width Greek Revival mansion at 491 Henry Street sold for $6,750,000 in 2013, and a beautifully renovated and grand Italianate at 233 Warren Street on a double lot with a carriage house went for $6,050,000 in 2012.
Click through to see a new rendering of the kitchen as well as other renderings that came out in August. Do you think they’ll get their ask?