Developer Hopes to Put Apartments on Witnesses Lots in Dumbo


Developers Urban Realty Partners have big plans for the warehouse and two empty lots they bought from the Jehevoh’s Witnesses for $30,600,000 in April. They filed a zoning review in August, which was disapproved days later, to convert the landmarked warehouse — a 1950 “daylight factory building” designed by Sydney Goldstone — into a condo building with 15 units. They have also asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission for permission to build a rooftop addition, rear yard addition and alter the facade.

Next door at the empty lot at 177 Front Street, they hope to build a 12-story apartment building with 105 units and commercial space on the first floor. The application was filed yesterday, so no decision has been reached. At 173 Front Street, no applications have been filed thus far. The architect on both projects is Aufgang + Subotovsky Architecture and Planning.

Meanwhile, some tall scaffolding and orange netting — more than a story high — have appeared on the roof of 200 Water Street, above. It’s most likely a temporary scaffold for routine maintenance of the building’s water tower.


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