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We got an email this week from from a reader who checks Brownstoner once a week (that’s it?) to look for news on her home nabe of Cobble Hill. She’s particularly curious to find out what’s going to happen with the Strong Place Baptist Church on the corner of Strong Place and Degraw Street. She heard from some neighbors that the original buyers had so much trouble with Landmarks that they sold it and the new owners plan to turn it into a school. Anyone have the skinny? GMAP

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This property on the eastern side of the park’ll probably end up being our favorite, since it’s starting with a nice old shell. The developer is knocking out the old smaller windows and creating large floor-to-ceiling loft windows. And who’s in charge of marketing? Our friends at the Developers Group.

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When we took a look at these two adjoining buildings a couple of weeks ago, we didn’t know whether they were being perpetrated by the same developer or not. Our man on the street tells us that indeed they are. He also tells us that the developer is not The Developers Group (the firm is only lending its marketing genius to the project). This source also tells us that this is an example of a technique that many developers (especially those with close religious affiliations) have used to juice their FARs. Supposedly, at the beginning of a project, they get a religious organization to commit to occupy some or all of the space, which allows them to build more floor area than they otherwise would be allowed. Then, as the project is nearing completion, the organization backs out. But, guess what, the building is already built and the developer is laughing all the way to the bank. We have nothing but hearsay to back this up, so we’d like to hear from people who actually know what they’re talking about. We’d also be interested to know whether this is what’s going on at 15th Street in the South Slope as well.
More (Un)Hot South Third Street Action [Brownstoner]
Too Tall in Park Slope [Brownstoner]

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Newyorkology has a follow up to last week’s news that a development site on Duffield Street near Willoughby may be the future home of a Hilton and a Sheraton. The blog notes that the site is just across the street from 233 Duffield, which, according to signs in the window, may have housed slaves on the Underground Railroad. Other placards in the window support anti-development causes like the Brooklyn Coalition Against Urban Removal, something Newyorkology suggests could spell trouble for the hotel developers. We’re not sure if this means the house has to be cleared to make way for the development or the owner could just end up being a giant pain in the ass to the developers.
Hilton, Sheraton Considering Downtown Bkln [Newyorkology] GMAP
Hotels for Downtown Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]

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July 19, 2005, NY Times — The Rev. Al Sharpton said yesterday that he was backing a plan by Bruce C. Ratner, the developer, to build a canyon of skyscrapers and an arena for the Nets over railyards near Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Sharpton, much as he did when he announced his support for the proposed Jets stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, argued that the building plan, designed by Frank Gehry, would provide needed jobs and lower-cost housing for largely poor and minority areas nearby. “We have real problems in the neighborhoods surrounding this project,” Mr. Sharpton said in a statement released by his office. “We need a plan that is inviting to newcomers while avoiding the type of gentrification that pushes out the old while in the same breath romanticizing the old. “It’s not about a new Brooklyn or an old Brooklyn; it’s about a thriving Brooklyn where people of all colors have a chance for a better home, a better job and a better life.”
Sharpton Backs Developer’s Plan [NY Times]