Development and architectural firm The Brooklyn Home Company has seven projects under construction in various Brooklyn neighborhoods, including brownstone condo conversions, new condo developments and townhouse renovations. Brooklyn Home principal and developer Bill Caleo sent us a full list of the developments, their progress and renderings for four of them:
256 Cumberland Street, a condo project (gut renovation with addition) will be complete in the next two weeks to a month. The brownstone facade has been fully restored. Attorney General approval is in process/imminent.
77 Douglass Street, a condo project (gut renovation) will be complete around May 1. AG approval is in process.
27 Lincoln Place, a luxury two-family townhouse (gut renovation and addition) will be complete around April 15.
27 7th Avenue is a luxury two-family townhouse with garden rental and owner’s triplex (pictured above). The partial gut renovation will be complete around May 1. The front facade, which has details featured in the Landmark Preservation Commission handbook, has been restored. The unusual building was designed by the same architect who built the church on Lincoln Place and 6th Avenue in Park Slope. There is lots of original detail on the interior as well, which has been restored.
340 Dean Street, a condo project, broke ground recently. Brooklyn Home is currently building the foundation and estimates 11 to 14 months to completion.
559-563 Carroll Street, a condo project broke ground recently. They are finishing up the foundation. Will finish up in 11 to 14 months.
84 Congress Street, a condo project (and a joint venture between The Brooklyn Home Company and MESH Architectures) has broken ground. Will take nine months to a year to complete.
The city has begun removing children from the Auburn shelter in Fort Greene that was the subject of a Times expose in December, The New York Times reported. The move revealed that de Blasio is planning major changes to the way the city deals with the homeless — changes that are just beginning to take shape.
The city used to refer homeless families to federally funding housing; when that ended, they offered them rent subsidies. But as federal funding for those programs also dried up, the city housed them in shelters. By the time Bloomberg left office, the number of homeless people living in shelters “had peaked at more than 52,000 — the highest number on record since the Great Depression,” said the Times.
That number includes more than 80,000 school-age children who were homeless in 2013.
“There are major American cities that have the same population as we have people in shelter,” the story quoted de Blasio as saying. “We have to look this in the face. This is literally an unacceptable dynamic, and we have to reverse it.”
New efforts will include prevention, a version of the former rent subsidy program using state money, enhancement of anti-eviction legal services for families, and an “aftercare” support program to keep newly housed families from returning to the shelter system.
The Auburn shelter will stay open but for adults only. It is also getting a revamp and a restaurant training program. The shelter has been repeatedly cited for shocking conditions, including “vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the presence of sexual predators.”
The city is in the process of relocating 400 children and their families from Auburn and another shelter in downtown Manhattan to more appropriate family housing.
“I think the central thrust has to be getting at the root causes,” of homelessness, said the Mayor. “Greater supply of affordable housing. Pushing up wages and benefits. More preventative efforts.”
Perhaps the city will consider housing families instead of single men on 9th Street in Carroll Gardens, as the community there has requested. What do you think of the new administration’s approach to the problem of homelessness?
The developers behind Navy Green have re-filed new building permits for the first of 23 market-rate townhouses in the affordable Fort Greene development, which already includes two mixed-income rental buildings and a third for supportive housing. L+M Development and Dunn Development will build the three-story single-family homes on a large vacant lot at 24 Vanderbilt Avenue, half a block from the Navy Yard.
The massive publicly funded project already has a 12-story building at 7 Clermont Avenue, an eight-story one at 45 Clermont, and the supportive housing building at 40 Vanderbilt Avenue. Until now, Navy Green has cost an estimated $85,200,000 in city and state funds. GMAP
Correction: The townhouses are market rate, not affordable.
This cozy two-bedroom garden apartment in Fort Greene blends traditional and modern. Not everyone loves exposed brick, but it does have a marble mantle and original shutters. The colorful, recently renovated kitchen has blue lacquer cabinets and mint green tile, and there aren’t any photos of the bathroom.
However, there is a dishwasher and washer/dryer. The 850-square-foot pad also has outdoor space for grilling. What’s your opinion of it for $3,200 a month?
We were pleasantly surprised — no, we were thrilled — to see this rendering of a building going up at the long vacant lot at 167 Lafayette Avenue. This is a landmark area, and this brand new building looks like it’s going to fit in perfectly.
The Landmarks approval letter describes it as a red brick building with brownstone colored lintels and sills, black metal double-hung windows, and two black-painted wood-clad projecting bays on the side.
Thanks to a reader for sending in the photo. Click through to the architect’s website for more renderings. What do you think of the design?
The BAM Cultural District is getting yet another high-rise, and this time it’s a 12-story mixed-use building at 620 Fulton Street with offices, a health care center and retail. The New York Hotel Trades Council & Hotel Association of New York City is developing the building, which will house its Brooklyn Health Center and serve 33,000 unionized hotel workers, according to a press release.
The 180,000-square-foot high-rise will include 65,000 square feet for the health center, 70,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail. Architecture firm Francis Cauffman is designing the building, and the construction team is aiming for the project to be certified LEED Silver. The hotel trade organization bought the 19,136-square-foot property between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street last April for $19,000,000, according to PropertyShark. GMAP
Name: Church of St. Michael and St. Edward Address: 108 St. Edwards Street Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park avenues Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: 1891-1906 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: John J. Deery Other buildings by architect: Flats buildings on 7th Avenue, between 1st and 2nd streets, Park Slope. Also St. Veronica’s Church, Greenwich Village, and churches and buildings in Philadelphia Landmarked: No
The story: The growth of the Catholic Church in Brooklyn really speaks to the huge number of Catholics who immigrated to Brooklyn in the second half of the 19th century. The different Catholic ethnic groups; Irish, German, Italian, Polish and others, all might have been Catholic, but they all worshipped in separate churches, self-segregating themselves for many years. For the thousands of immigrants who came here in the 19th century, a house of worship was not only important to one’s spiritual life, but also as a place learn to speak English, and to navigate life in this new land called America. It was also a cultural retreat from living in a new country that often did not welcome newcomers with open and eager arms. Here you could be with your own, and perhaps keep a bit of the Old Country in your life, and in your increasingly American children’s lives.
It’s hard to picture what this part of Brooklyn looked like back in the 19th century, as it has changed so much in the last 100 years. Before the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the BQE and all of the exits and entrances to all three of them, as well as the elevated trains of the turn of the 20th century, this was where the working poor and the very poor lived, in the shadows of the Navy Yard and the factories of Wallabout and Dumbo. By the end of the 19th century, this area had been totally built up with a combination of tenements and houses, factories and warehouses. The Raymond Street Jail, the infamous Brooklyn city jail was only a block away.
No matter where they live, people manage to make a community, and this part of Fort Greene was no different. In addition to the tenements and factories, this was a neighborhood with institutions and entertainments. A map of the neighborhood in 1904 shows two parks, a public school, a Carnegie library, a vaudeville hall, and several churches, in addition to tenement buildings and lots of factories. Those factories employed much of the neighborhood; making shoes, gauges, wagons, and dyeing silk. There were also at least three large furniture factories in the immediate area. In the midst of all this was St. Edward’s. (more…)
The three old buildings on the Fort Greene development site that sold for $7,500,000 last October will be knocked down and replaced with two apartment buildings, BuzzBuzzHome reported last week. The property at 171 South Portland Avenue and 164 South Oxford Street currently houses an 1865 brick Italianate configured as a double duplex and studio apartment, a 19th-century carriage house with two one-bedrooms, and a 20th century garage.
Developer East River Partners plans two four-story buildings with nine units and five units each, according to plan exams filed January 30. Belgian artist Marc Lambrechts sold the property to East River Partners in October. The developers filed a demolition application in December to take down the 5,500-square-foot mansion, but the DOB hasn’t approved it yet.
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at One Hanson just hit the market with a price tag of $1,260,000. It’s a good layout on a high floor with righteous views so it’ll interesting to see if Fort Greene is ready for $1,200-a-foot pricing! This unit has 1,054 square feet of space and common charges of $1,073. 1 Hanson Place, #14G [Halstead] GMAP
Tennessee-style BBQ joint Humo Smokehouse is hosting a ribbon-cutting to announce their official opening Wednesday on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The restaurant at 336 Myrtle Avenue offers brisket, pulled pork, ribs, pork belly and sausage, which have been smoked in-house and brushed with a custom dry rub. Humo also serves classic southern sides like chili, smoked black beans, potato salad and cole slaw. Owner Raul Perez and his team get their produce and meat from several local farmers through Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s Farm to Neighborhood program.
Although the restaurant held a soft opening earlier this month, it finally has its liquor license and is ready to welcome its Fort Greene neighbors. And the Yelp reviews are promising. The ribbon-cutting will happen Wednesday at 4 pm. GMAP
Name: Originally Armory Hall, then Ionic Hall, now apartments Address: 165 Clermont Avenue Cross Streets: Willoughby and Myrtle Avenues Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: 1874, or a bit earlier Architectural Style: Italianate Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Clermont Avenue was named for Robert Fulton’s first revolutionary new steam boat, the Clermont, which plied the waters between Brooklyn and Manhattan, beginning in 1825. of the Hudson for the first time in 1807. His steam ferry, the Nassau began crossing from Manhattan to Brooklyn in 1814. This ferry service opened up Brooklyn to greater development, allowing our fair city to take its place as one of the great metropolises of the 19th century. Although Clermont Avenue is not as well-known today as South Portland or South Oxford and other often discussed Fort Greene streets, back in the late 1800s and on into the early 20th century, Clermont was a happening street, at the center of the social world of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
There were several large churches on Clermont Avenue, drawing people to the neighborhood. Clermont Avenue was home to the extremely popular Clermont Rink. This large venue was not only an ice skating rink, home to some of Brooklyn’s first hockey games, but also the site for rallies, revivals and trade shows. It was the Javits Center of its day. Right next door to the Rink was the Clermont Armory, the long-time home of Brooklyn’s elite 23rd Regiment. And right next door to the Armory was this building, tucked in between the walls of the Armory and the buildings on Myrtle Avenue.
The building at 165 Clermont may have been built as a stable or warehouse, built in or just before 1874, but in 1874, was sold to John N. Eitel, a very successful local businessman known in the papers as the “Carlton Avenue millionaire capitalist.” He developed it as an events hall with ground floor retail space. Late 19th century people loved social events of all kinds, and in addition to large places like the Clermont Rink, there was good money to be made in owning a smaller events hall like this.
Here, fraternal orders, church groups, political and business clubs and organizations could meet, have parties and rallies, and regularly rent out the rooms for meetings. Eitel, a German-born immigrant who did extremely well, was a member of the local Saengerbund, German for “Singing Society”, and they met here often for rehearsals and concerts. It’s always nice to have your own hall, and with it right next door to the 23rd Regiment Armory, the hall was therefore named Armory Hall. (more…)