The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight on cleanup efforts at the polluted Harte & Company factory at the corner of Dupont, Clay and Franklin Streets, Greenpointers reported. (Yes, this is the same building we wrote about this morning, whose developer wants to preserve part of the 1930s Arte Moderne exterior).
The state Superfund site has a plume beneath it made of phthalates — liquid plastic chemicals — up to five feet deep in some areas. And apparently the plume is moving, contrary to what the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle. This is a map of the plume made in 2013, via Greenpointers.
The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.
Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.”
The wrecking ball may be coming soon for several buildings in the Harte and Company Factory complex in Greenpoint, where the developer filed demolition permits earlier this month. Applications have been filed to knock down 71 Dupont Street, 93 Dupont Street, 22 Clay Street, 26 Clay Street (pictured above), 30 Clay Street and 32 Clay Street. However, no permits have been filed for the main factory building at 280 Franklin Street, a big Arte Moderne structure from the 1930s. The developer, Dupont Street Developers LLC, hasn’t said whether the building and its unique curved glass facade will be part of the site’s planned residential project.
The former Harte & Co. plastics factory at 280 Franklin Street in Greenpoint finally sold last week for $23,250,000, after two years in contract. The deal includes 10 separate properties along Clay and Dupont Streets that were part of the long-vacant factory complex, according to public records. The buyer is Williamsburg-based Dupont Street Developers LLC, but the signatory on the mortgage documents is a developer named Bo Jin Zhu, as The Real Deal noted last week. His company owns 29 Ryerson Street in Clinton Hill and has purchased development sites in Harlem and the Lower East Side.
Preservationists have spent years trying to save the 31,000-square-foot main factory building, a 1930s Arte Moderne structure with a unique curved facade. But the seller, Nuhart & Co., allowed underground storage tanks full of toxic chemicals to leak into the soil and groundwater, and the state declared it a Superfund site. The company made vinyl siding and sheeting at the factory for over 20 years before moving its operations out of the building in 2004. It will cost just under $10,000,000 to remediate the large property, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.
After cleaning up the site, Zhu’s development team plans to build a 400-unit apartment building with 200 parking spaces, according to the Eagle. They hope to build affordable and market-rate apartments, community facilities, and possibly a grocery store on the site. With affordable housing bonuses, the property has 400,000 square feet of development rights. The buyer hasn’t said whether the original building will be incorporated into the new development, which will be built in three phases.
The site is close to the water and the planned towers at Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street.