Permits Filed for 201-Unit Structure at 959 Sterling Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a seven-story residential complex at 959 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The site includes an existing historic building, occupied by the Hebron Seventh-Day Adventist Bilingual School, originally built as the Methodist Episcopal Home for the Aged in 1889. The Romanesque/Gothic revivalist structure is within the Crown Heights North Historic District landmark and will require approval from the LPC. Matthew Cordivari of the Triton Construction Company is listed as behind the applications.

959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps

959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps

The 84-foot tall structure will yield 211,250 square feet, with 140,000 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 71,800 square feet for educational facilities. 201 apartments will be created, averaging 696 square feet apiece, indicating rentals. Whether or not any units will let as affordable has not been confirmed yet. Residents will have access to a recreation space, rooftop amenities lounge, storage, a fitness center, and a pool.

Morris Adjmi Architects will be responsible for the design.

959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps

959 Sterling Place, via Google Maps

Demolition permits have not been filed for the historic landmark, and the developer has told YIMBY that the extant structures will be kept intact. The filing will require LPC approval in a process that can take a year at best.

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8 Comments on "Permits Filed for 201-Unit Structure at 959 Sterling Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Not enough I need it more. The needs never stopped on development.

  2. Suzanne Spellen | October 2, 2018 at 10:51 am | Reply

    No, no and NO! This complex is unique. If they want to develop it, it is a perfect candidate for adaptive reuse, and for them to make apartments from the existing buildings, which are very much underused and in need of renovation. It was done with the Graham Home for Old Ladies in Clinton Hill, as well as elsewhere, and could be done quite nicely here. There is no reason to tear any part of it down and build a tower filled with tiny apartments. Landmarking is not warehousing until developers “discover” a neighborhood. It is protecting our architectural heritage for future generations. Crown Heights North is not going to stand by and watch this happen.

    • They already said there are no demolition permits so no portion of the building is being taken down. Rather, the building will likely be built on the space that is the parking lot on the Sterling Place side of the building. The school desperately needs the cash infusion as made evident by the fact that they can’t take care of the school grounds or the school itself. I was hoping there would be some sort of adaptive reuse but this is the next best option.

  3. Colonizing strikes again. This is how the best things about neighborhoods targeted for gentrification get destroyed. The very things that make the neighborhood what it is, get taken away. It is unfortunate that the current owners havent maintained the grounds and they have a blame in this, but this would never happen to any of the synagogues down the street. This will bring 300+ transient renters to a block that is built on community and change the whole vibe. Just a bunch of strangers passing each other by; Some wishing the new ones never came, while the new onesvare hoping the old ones get priced out sooner than later. It’s saddening.

    • mel, look at how many synagogues were reused and destroyed when jews left bed stuy and harlem back in the 50s and 60s. your ignorance is simply astounding

    • Someone who treats other equally | February 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm | Reply

      Mel, you’re ignorant, offensive, and clearly antisemitic. You want to talk about “community” but demonize Jews in the same sentence. Brooklyn has no room for people like you. I’m sure the new residents in this building are more accepting of people who aren’t the same as them, and hopefully you can learn how to act.

  4. How will they be able to build new structures in a landmarked district? The building should be rehabbed and the open space should be gardens and play grounds. No New Condos!

  5. The community has tried to reach out to the church/school for years to help with renovation and maintenance, with no response. This is not about generating funds for the school, there are many avenues for that. This is about a Landmarked neighborhood not wanting to allow out of character nee development to happen. Come by and see what you think an 8 story condo would do to the neighborhood.

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