One-Story Commercial Building With Arched Openings Takes Shape in Fulton Ferry District

Photo by Susan De Vries

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A one-story brick commercial structure deemed “animated, alive” when approved by the LPC back in February of this year has topped out in the Fulton Ferry Historic District.

The steel for the arches that will dominate the facade of 20 Old Fulton Street were visible during a walk past the site last week and workers were on site. Designed by NV/design.architecture, the red brick building takes its cues from neighboring buildings, including the much more massively scaled Eagle Warehouse next door.

20 old fulton

20 old fulton

A previous, mostly glass design by Snohetta was approved by the LPC in 2014 but never moved forward. At the hearing for the new design the team behind the project indicated it will have two retail spaces — one already destined for a coffee shop.

The lot has been empty for decades, well before the designation of the historic district in 1977. While used most recently as a parking lot, historic maps and photographs seem to indicate it has been empty since at least the early 20th century. In the 19th century there were three brick buildings occupying the block on Old Fulton between Elizabeth and Everit Streets, but by the 1920s only one remained.

Rendering by NV/design.architecture

20 old fulton construction

In the early 2000s the lot was home to hot dog stand The Landing operated by Richard Mauro, listed as the property owner in the initial permits for the project in 2014. The current filings list the owner representative for 20 Old Fulton Holdings as Shlomi Avdoo, co-founder of Level One Holdings. The development, construction and management company’s projects include apartment buildings in Bushwick, Clinton Hill and Bed Stuy.

the block in 2007

The block in 2007. Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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