Gloomy Reception for 340 Court Plans


Last night the Clarett Group made a presentation at a community meeting about the firm’s plans for a development at 340 Court Street that will rise in place of the under-demolition International Longshoremen’s Association building between Union and Sackett. The Rogers Marvel-designed development Clarett currently foresees in Carroll Gardens will involve 14 townhouses on Sackett and Union streets, and a large multi-unit building fronting Court Street. Several blogs covered the meeting, and by all accounts the community members gathered last night seemed quite wary of Clarett’s plans. The audience booed the rendering of the Court Street building (above), according to Gowanus Lounge, and many vocally objected to its dark color and height. Counting mechanical equipment on the roof, the building could be around 85 feet tall. “We’re designing with the existing zoning,” GL quotes Clarett’s Daniel Hollander as saying. “Many developers felt a big tower would have been the way to go.” The unit mix will range from studios to four bedrooms, and there will be retail space on Court Street. According to Lost City, architect Rob Rogers said the building on Court will sport a “‘fabricated cement board’ meant to simulated stone”; LC writes that “since Rogers Marvel did seem to have made a thorough study on the neighborhood (based on their film presentation), it did seem an odd choice of color and material. I don’t know of any other buildings on Court Street of that color or gloomy appearance.” Pardon Me for Asking, meanwhile, writes that “The Clarett Group faced a very skeptical crowd at P.S.58 last night. This is a community that has been to one too many meetings about planned developments lately.”
340 Court Developer Presents Plans to Skeptical CG Crowd [Gowanus Lounge] GMAP
Meet Clarett’s New Carroll Gardens “Mausoleum” [Lost City]
CG Not Exactly Loving Clarett’s 340 Union Design [PMFA]
Photo of rendering from Gowanus Lounge .

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