New Look for 20-Story Montague Street Building in Heights Needs Landmarks Approval


When they were last in front of the LPC in March, the developers who are planning to bring a 20-story structure to Brooklyn Heights were told they needed to fix a few details.

Namely, the proposed structure, located at 200 Montague Street, did not differentiate itself from the rest of the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, where it is located. “It’s a pretty diverse district,” Michael Goldblum said at the time. “It has a lot of rhythm to it in terms of scale, in terms of style, in terms of color.”

Now, the developers are back with new plans, which will go in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission this afternoon. The height remains the same, but the facade now bears a dark, black granite, which separates it from the buildings on either side.

It will take the place of a modern style, four-story bank building, which has been owned by the developer Midtown Equities since 2007. Known for its preservation work, Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect behind the proposed project.

On the ground level, there is new signage above the retail spaces, with perforated bronze-tone painted aluminum. The entrance to the hotel, all the way to the left on the ground level, will have an awning with bronze-toned painted aluminum and laminated fritted glass marquee.

200 montague street

200 Montague Street. Photo by Susan De Vries

In 2016, the then-owner of the building, HSBC Bank, altered the facade. Because of this, commissioners said in March, they felt comfortable allowing the current structure to be demolished.

[Renderings by Beyer Blinder Belle via NY Landmarks Commission]

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