Landmarks Votes to Designate ‘Burg’s Neo-Classical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to designate the neo-Classical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh at 209 Havemeyer Street in south Williamsburg.

“This is clearly in the tradition of preserving iconic buildings in Williamsburg,” said LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan following the vote.

At the public hearing, held earlier this month, three people spoke, all in favor, including the new owner of the building.

Rendering courtesy Fogarty Finger Architecture and Interiors

Rendering by Fogarty Finger Architecture and Interiors

Completed in 1908 and designed by Helmle and Huberty, the building was purchased in 2016 by developers Tavros Capital, Charney Construction & Development, and 1 Oak Development for $80 million, according to the Commercial Observer.

At both its designation and public hearing, little was mentioned of the current plans for a 23-story mixed-use skyscraper designed by Fogarty Finger Architects that is already sprouting up behind the historic structure and will be one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood, bringing more height and density to an area that was once the heart of Williamsburg.

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