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SUNY officials worked through the weekend to try to find another health care operator to replace NYU, which pulled out, and salvage its sale of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to Fortis. But the search is not going well, according to a story in Capital NY.

“Expectations are low,” an unnamed state official told the publication. “To have anyone come in and offer what NYU was proposing seems almost impossible.” The “never ending” litigation around the deal is a turnoff.

Initial reports of NYU withdrawing from the sale said it was because of lawsuits. But Capital NY said the reason was because NYU believed the Brooklyn judge overseeing the legal cases was asking NYU to provide more beds and services than they had proposed, according to three sources cited by the paper. (more…)

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In August, the affordable housing provider (L+M Development Partners) withdrew from the Fortis deal to buy Long Island College Hospital from SUNY. Now the health care provider, NYU, is doing the same thing. The development “appears to leave the Fortis Property Group’s proposal to buy LICH in tatters,” said The Brooklyn Eagle, which reported the news.

NYU bowed out of its role to offer emergency services and ambulatory care on the valuable Cobble Hill property because of the nurses’ lawsuit over hiring, according to a statement from NYU reprinted by the Eagle. NYU had already invested substantial time and money in getting the health services up and running, including hiring 99 employees.

Ironically, when SUNY earlier rejected two higher-ranked bidders, it had said it doubted they could deliver the health care services they promised.

NYU Withdraws From LICH Deal, Throwing Sale of Hospital Into Disarray [Eagle]

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Nine-year residents of Cobble Hill and ex-Housewives of New York stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen are selling their townhouse at 56 Butler Street and moving to Australia “to be with family,” a spokeswoman for Stribling & Associates, which is handling the sale, told us.

Longtime readers will remember Simon, a Brownstoner commenter, and Alex from Brownstoner parties and this story about their renovation. The three-family, six bedroom house is asking $2,695,000. (If you are curious, they paid $1,275,000 in 2005.) The living room is still painted its controversial shade of red!

56 Butler Street Listing [Stribling]
Photo by Stribling

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Cobble Hill’s last remaining gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue is biting the dust, and a four-story residential building will rise in its place. New York YIMBY first spotted the new building application for the 23,355-square-foot project at the corner of Henry and Atlantic. It will have eight apartments scattered across 17,355 square feet — which works out to about 2,000 square feet per apartment — along with 6,000 square feet of shops on the ground floor.

There will also be an automated parking garage for eight cars, a bike storage room and private roof decks for two units on the top floor. Angelo Cosentini’s On the Level is developing the building, and BKSK Architects are the architects of record.

Permits Filed: 112 Atlantic Avenue, Cobble Hill [NYY] GMAP
Atlantic Avenue Gas Station in Cobble Hill Likely to Be Lost [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Riley & Latimer Trucking, now the Parking Club Garage
Address: 185 Pacific Street
Cross Streets: Court and Clinton Streets
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Year Built: 1918-1920
Architectural Style: Basic brick factory-type building
Architect: (Builder: William F. Henry)
Landmarked: Yes, part of Cobble Hill Historic District (1969)

The story: This garage actually made the newspapers. Not because of something sensational, like a murder, a disaster or a famous owner, but because of the bricks that make up the handsome façade, and the building itself. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, this 1920 building was unique because it was constructed in clinker brick.

Many people think clinker brick is named because of the burnt quality of the bricks or that they are mistakes or rejects from regular brick castings. That’s only partially true. The name is actually Dutch/Low German, and refers to the distinctive sound the bricks make when clapped together. They clink. (more…)

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Construction at the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill is close to finished, and Curbed got the first look at some renderings of the interiors. Number 2A, which hit the market last year at $4,475,000, is a 3,720-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths. That house entered contract in April, and the two single-family brownstones at Nos. 2 and 4 have yet to be listed.

Both of those will measure 3,730 square feet and include five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, according to developer Brennan Realty. Each home will feature a backyard, penthouse terraces and a double-height window wall at rear garden and parlor levels. Designed by CWB, the homes are modeled after classic brick townhouses, but the insides are modern. Click through to see the interiors. What do you think of the design?

Peek the Strong Place Townhouses [Curbed]
Three Townhouses Rise on Strong Place [Brownstoner]
Images via Brennan Realty

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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…)

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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.

Affordable Housing Is Unclear in Brooklyn Hospital Venture [WSJ]
LICH Coverage [Brownstoner]

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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 agendaCalifornia-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.

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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?

353A Clinton Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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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?

Cobble Hill’s Last Gas Station Likely Doomed [Brooklyn Paper]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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.

Seven of Nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill Sold [Brownstoner]

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