A proposal for a new four-story, single-family house to be constructed on an empty lot in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District was temporarily shot down.
A Brooklyn Heights resident wrote in to let us know that the Landmarks Preservation Commission is having a public hearing tomorrow afternoon for the proposed new building at 27 Cranberry Street and that he’s opposed to the project because of its size: “I’m a neighbor (I live on the Hicks Street side of the block) and believe that the proposed building is far too massive for the Commission to determine that its size is ‘appropriate’ for this block, which happens to have the single largest concentration of Federal-era wood-frame houses in all of New York City. These houses, almost 200 years old, are characterized by their modest size, and allowing this development — a single-family house that in fact is as large or larger than many of the multi-family apartment buildings on the block — at this location will significantly detract from the character that makes this part of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District special. I’ve attached a few architectural renderings that show the oversize mass of this development. In particular, its intrusion into the core of the block (historic preservationists call it the ‘green donut’ formed by the depths of the other buildings) is very noticeable.” Here’s the rendering of the “donut”: