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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.

State Officials Approve LICH Sale to Fortis [BHB]
State AG and Comptroller Sign off on LICH Sale to Fortis [Eagle]

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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?

Proposed Luxury Building in Cobble Hill Called “Too Glassy” [DNA]
Rendering via DNAinfo

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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?

2 Strong Place [Brennan Realty]
Strong Place Townhouses Coverage
[Brownstoner] GMAP

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This floor-through apartment at 119 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill slips in under the million-dollar mark with an asking price of $995,000. The layout is exactly what you’d expect from a townhouse apartment: living room in front, kitchen and bathroom in the middle and two bedrooms (one big, one small) in the back.

This one’s in nice shape with original details and a nicely modern kitchen. Monthly maintenance is $795.

119 Pacific Street, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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The 6,000-square foot Cobble Hill townhouse with a modern renovation and a green wall at 305 Degraw Street that has been on the market for over a year has finally sold for $7,000,000, according to Curbed. The sale surpasses the previous record holder for Cobble Hill, a renovated Italianate at 233 Warren Street on a double lot with a garage, which sold for $6,050,000 in 2012. 491 Henry Street, a Greek Revival mansion purchased by Rag & Bone co-founder Marcus Wainwright and model Glenna Neece for $6,750,000 in 2013.

The house at 305 Degraw Street was initially asking $8,000,000, so the house sold for $1,000,000 off ask. It was also one of Brooklyn’s most expensive rentals for a while, with a price tag of $25,000 a month. It has a garage, a glass suspension skywalk, a dishwasher with a 14-minute cycle, and an elevator. Michael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects designed it. The sale has not yet hit pubic records.

Cobble Hill House With Huge Plant Wall Finds a Buyer for $7 Million [Curbed]

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Stribling has launched sales for eight new condos at 173 Amity Street in Cobble Hill, a limestone multi-family built in the late 19th century. Developer Lonicera Partners is gut renovating the nine existing apartments into eight two- and three-bedrooms, with two units occupying each floor of the four-story building. Four listings are up so far, with three two-bedrooms priced from $1,725,000 and a three-bedroom priced at $2,245,000.

Designed by PKSB Architects, units feature Bosch appliances, walnut and white lacquer cabinets, white ash hardwood floors, bay windows and marble bathrooms. One of the top floor apartments features a roof deck, and each unit has private storage, central A/C and a washer/dryer. A three-bedroom is already in contract, and closings are expected to start in late 2014.

The entire building last sold in 2012 for $4,525,000. Click through for interior renderings.

What do you think of the design and prices?

173 Amity Street [Official] GMAP
173 Amity Street Listings [Stribling]

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One of the three Strong Place townhouses, No. 4, is back on the market and asking $4,850,000. That’s $900,000, or almost a million, more than when it debuted as a pre-construction sale in early 2013 for $3,950,000.

All three properties are still under construction but expected to wrap soon. All three were on the market for a few months in early 2013.

2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. A new listing for No. 2 is expected to go up shortly.

Designed by CWB Architects and approved by Landmarks, the townhouses have a traditional exterior and modern interiors. They were developed by Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. Click the listing to see the floor plan and more interior and exterior images.

4 Strong Place Listing [Brennan Realty]

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Never mind last week’s LICH shocker. Health care provider NYU is back on board, and it looks like the sale of Long Island College Hospital to Fortis will go forward after all, because a judge dismissed a nurses’ lawsuit yesterday. If we understand the legal technicalities correctly, the judge said NYU has no obligation to honor Fortis’ promises to rehire LICH nurses at the site.

Could pressure from the state have changed the judge’s mind or is this reasonable?

NYU Returns to LICH Deal After Judge Dismisses Nurses’ Union Lawsuit [DNA]
Judge Dismisses Nurses Suit, Clears Path for NYU at LICH [Capital NY]

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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