When Curbed busted out the latest rendering for 184 Kent Avenue on Friday (which, it turns out, has actually been up on the commercial broker’s site for a couple of months and is really just a different perspective on the drawings that were released last November), much debate ensued about the developer’s decision to go for rentals instead of condos. The most interesting part of the thread to us, though, was the comment alluding to the fact that the current owner of the building has applied to the State & National Registers of Historic Places to get preservation tax credits; this process includes a direct negotiation about allowable alterations and does not involve any kind of public review. (From the rendering, it looks like the concrete awning on Kent will be maintained.) Given the fight that the owner put up back in 2005, this was surprising news, so we decided to take a gander at Property Shark. Interestingly, the deed changed hands a year ago, but it looks like both entities have the same mailing address, suggesting that the Kestenbaums are still pulling the strings. Clearly, though, whoever the owner is right now is not treating the structure as the “Piece of Trash ” that the idiotic Simcha Felder once called it. This is good news indeed. Anyone know the reason for the change of heart?
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