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Community Board Two will vote on whether or not to landmark the 88th Precinct building in Clinton Hill at its general meeting this Wednesday. They have said in the past they support landmarking the 120-year-old Romanesque Revival structure at 298 Classon only if a new home is built for the 88th Precinct.

“The police department has been looking for a new location for at least the last 14 years but could never find a space that’s adequate,” board member Lawrence Whiteside told DNAinfo last month. “If we landmark it now then they will be even more limited in their ability to do anything with it.”

The executive committee will also review the proposed adaptive reuse of the landmarked Empire Stores warehouses in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The meeting’s crowded agenda also includes votes on the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District Streetscape Plan and the redesign of Fowler Square.

Building of the Day: 298 Classon Avenue [Brownstoner]
Image via Google Maps

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The City Planning Commission voted unanimously in support of outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to revamp the former Childs Restaurant in Coney Island and turn it into an amphitheater and upscale eatery, Brooklyn Paper reported.

However, local residents are less than thrilled about the plan, which will require $53,000,000 in city funds to transform the landmarked but dilapidated 89-year-old building. Neighborhood activists told the newspaper that the money would be better spent repairing Coney’s hurricane-shattered infrastructure, which still suffers from occasional heat and power outages, in addition to sewers that flood when it rains.

And others worried about the traffic and noise from the planned venue, which Markowitz hopes will host 40 concerts a year. The community board voted down Markowitz’s plan two months ago, and Landmarks approved it over the summer.

City Panel Approves Borough President Markowitz’s Controversial Concert Hall [Brooklyn Paper]

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One of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings in Greenpoint, 74 Kent Street, just hit the market, reps from CPEX Realty tell us. When we asked the price, they said they would get back to us later today.

The late 19th-century red-brick building is three stories tall and 17,485 square feet. It sits on a lot that’s 70.7 feet by 105 feet, according the listing. The owner has tried to convert it to residential or office space a few times, but has always run into trouble with the LPC.

Last time we heard about 74 Kent was in early October, when the LPC was considering an application to alter the front facade, construct a rear extension and excavate the yard behind the building. The headquarters for crowd-funding company Kickstarter are located right next door at 58 Kent and scheduled to open soon.

74 Kent Street [CPEX]
LPC Considering Alteration to Pencil Factory [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark