Benefits Cosmetics has just rented a space on Court Street in Cobble Hill. The San Francisco-based company founded by two sisters in 1976 is now a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. There are Benefit Cosmetics locations in Manhattan, Los Angeles, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong among others. This is the is the company’s first Brooklyn outlet.
The shop at 168 Court Street will occupy the 600 square foot retail space and also have access to a large basement and a back yard. Benefit expects to open by the end of the year. (more…)
The affordable-housing developer, L+M Partners, who was part of the Long Island College Hospital deal with the third buyer, Fortis, has dropped out, leaving doubt as to whether the development will include any affordable housing after all, The Wall Street Journal reported. If not, it puts the LICH plan right back where it started: When Fortis, LICH’s preferred buyer, initially bid on the property, it planned only market-rate housing.
The Journal article hinted that affordable housing could be included only if the developer were allowed to build tall towers on the site, something the first buyer, Brooklyn Health Partners, also said it might do — and not long thereafter, that deal was scuttled. The hospital is in the midst of a landmarked area in Cobble Hill where towers are not allowed.
A private Montessori school group is presenting its plans next week to alter the facade of a landmarked former movie theater at 292 Court Street in Cobble Hill. The school needs LPC approval to change the facade and “to install storefront infill, two barrier-free access ramps, a flag, a canopy, and an elevator bulkhead, “according to the LPC agenda. California-based LePort Schools signed a lease in April for the 15,700-square-foot building, which includes an additional 6,000 square feet of rooftop and back terrace space, as we reported at the time.
This 1.5-bedroom floor-through in Cobble Hill is large and has a nice prewar feel. The top-floor apartment has a sizable eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and wine cooler, as well as plenty of cabinet space. The big windows in the kitchen and living room have their original wood moldings, and there are interesting columns in the doorways of the kitchen and bedroom. What do you think of it for $3,200 a month?
The gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, the only one in the area, has been sold. Although no plans have been filed yet, it will most likely become apartments with retail on the ground floor, according to The Brookyn Paper.
It traded for $7,750,000 in April to an LLC. Will you miss it?
The nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill are getting exterior walls and brick facades. The Landmarks-approved homes at 110-126 Congress Street, seven of which have already sold, were priced between $3,650,000 to $4,200,000. The two remaining houses at 110 and 114 are asking $3,900,000 and $3,850,000 respectively. Adjmi and Andreoli designed the brick houses, which are meant to look modern while fitting in with the neighborhood.
Click through the jump to see more construction photos.
Van Horn restaurant at 231 Court Street has closed up shop, according to a tipster who sent in this photo. The business and lease are now for sale, according to a sign in the window and Van Horn’s Facebook page. The eatery, originally more of a sandwich shop with a very popular fried chicken sandwich, changed its format to more of a restaurant in February, as this letter from the management explains. Brooklyn Magazine said it will miss Van Horn. Will you miss it? GMAP
Incredibly — or perhaps inevitably, depending on your point of view? — SUNY has killed the judge-approved deal with Peebles and turned to the third bidder, Fortis — the one SUNY wanted to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to all along. SUNY says Peebles was imposing unacceptable conditions concerning a bond and an environmental review; Peebles says SUNY is acting in bad faith and wouldn’t even meet with them, according to a story in The Brooklyn Eagle and other outlets.
A founder of Fortis and his uncle donated $17,500 to Cuomo’s campaign, according to The Brooklyn Paper. Cuomo controls SUNY.
Fortis would work with NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Health Care to run a freestanding emergency room and ambulatory services — just like the Peebles bid. It would also develop rental apartments, condos and town homes on the property, including 25 percent affordable units. No new zoning is “anticipated,” Fortis said.
It seems to us the second, public RFP process didn’t amount to much. What do you think of this turn of events?
A Brooklyn judge has approved a plan to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to Peebles. If it goes through, Peebles will create a mixed-use development on the site, including an emergency department and ambulatory care, but no full-service hospital, said The Brooklyn Eagle.
Hundreds of hospital employees will lose their jobs, and litigation on various aspects of the process is still pending.
LICH’s many supporters said they were disappointed in the outcome. The only shred of hope remaining for a full-service hospital at the location is that Peebles is required to hire a third party to conduct a needs assessment for a full-service hospital in the area. If the report says one is needed, Peebles would be required to create one. LICH supporters say the assessment should have been done initially and before closing the hospital.
On the other hand, unlike the first bid winner, Brooklyn Health Partners, Peebles is apparently competent and not planning any 50-story apartment buildings. What do you think of the outcome?
In what the Brooklyn Eagle called “jaw dropping” news, the judge on the case asked the three remaining top bidders to come up with a deal that will allow a smooth handover of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital on May 23. If the three jointly purchase LICH together, it could bring the pile of court cases over the sale to an end.
Peebles Corp., Fortis and Prime Healthcare Foundation have complimentary strengths, said the judge. Of the three, only Prime promised to keep operating LICH as a full-service hospital. It would need to apply for a New York state license, which the others have.
SUNY has once again resumed shutting down operations, and stopped accepting ambulances Thursday. It will cease running the hospital on May 22.
“Three entities get together before five today and come up with something that provides for continuation of health care so the place will not close,” said State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes. “That’s where this should be going. One entity is strong in one point, and one is strong in another. There are three major healthcare players who have proven their skills to do the job. That’s the logical conclusion.”
In yet another mind-boggling reversal in the epic drama over the fate of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital, a judge has ordered the state to accept the deposit from and resume negotiations with the winning bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners.
The firm’s head said it will deliver the required $250 million by Tuesday and form a team with hospital workers and unions to keep services going at the hospital under a temporary license after SUNY ceases operations May 22, The Brooklyn Paper reported.
After more wrangling last week, the state has in fact rejected the winning bidder for the Long Island College Hospital development in Cobble Hill and has turned to the runner-up, The Peebles Corporation.
The State University of New York released a statement Monday that said they were “unable to reach an agreement” by the deadline, as The Wall Street Journal put it. But Brooklyn Health Partners said it was ready to go through with the deal and had the financing in place. It filed a lawsuit Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court saying the state was “negotiating in bad faith,” said the story.
Brooklyn Health Partners said SUNY killed the deal to prevent a full-service hospital at LICH. “BHP’s lawyers are skeptical that SUNY wants a full-service hospital on the LICH campus and do not believe it will negotiate in good faith unless directed to do so by the court,” The Brooklyn Paper quoted Brooklyn Health Partners’ spokeswoman Donnette Dunbar as saying.
There were too many unanswered questions about Brooklyn Health Partners’ plan, said an unnamed state official quoted in the Journal.