A teaser site has launched for 76 Schermerhorn Street, aka The Symon, a 12-story building that is currently under construction in Brooklyn Heights. The structure will yield 59 residences spanning one- to four-bedrooms apiece. Several units, including three penthouses, will have their own private outdoor space. Eugene Colberg is the architect of record, while Studio DB is the interior designer for the residences, amenity spaces, and the curtain wall. Lonicera Partners, Orange Management, and The Davis Companies are the three developers for the property. Sales are being led by Stribling Marketing Associates. Pricing for the units has not been revealed yet.
The Symon gets its name as a reference to the patriarch of the Schermerhorn family.
The main rendering above shows a clean brick fenestration with a couple of setbacks on the upper floors that make way for outdoor terraces. This section is defined by multiple cornice lines and an array of gently arched windows. The same row of windows will also be found on the second floor of the main elevation, while a large dark-colored metal canopy will hang above the front doors. Large, gray-colored stone slabs will make up the ground floor elevation, distinguishing it from the warm-colored bricks that enclose the residential levels above. The entrance to the private parking will be located next to the main lobby on the corner of the structure.
The site is located between Court Street and Boerum Place. The A, C, F, G, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains are all nearby, making it easy for future residents to get around the borough and the rest of the city. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a short 15-minute walk to the west, where there is access to ferry service to Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront terminals along the East River. The pedestrian and bike lanes to the Brooklyn Bridge can be found by heading north on Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.
YIMBY previously wrote about the project when it was still addressed as 70 Schermerhorn Street. It is now formally listed as 76 Schermerhorn Street and also underwent a significant design shift.
The Symon is set to open this Fall.
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This building is not located in Brooklyn Heights. The Heights ends on the west side of Court Street. 76 Schermerhorn is on the east side of Court Street, and is therefore solidly in Downtown Brooklyn (though only half a block from Brooklyn Heights).
Even the building’s website merely says it’s “neighboring the Brooklyn Heights historic district.” It always bothers me that this site has no regard for neighborhood boundaries. Usually it appears to be the developers pushing the trendier name, but here it’s just plain lack of research.
Jim is correct, YIMBY is wrong!
Mr. YIMBY likes to put high rise construction in Brooklyn Heights because he dislikes designated historic districts with height restrictions. I know, such districts constrict the supply of affordable housing, but I think some neighborhoods, like the West Village and the Seaport District (which YIMBY once called “Disneyfied”) deserve protection. Brooklyn Heights was the first such designated historic district, and in retrospect something of a weak case, as it already had some high rise intrusions, including the building in which I live. Still, like the West Village and the Seaport, it has a rich history that deserves protection, and I shudder to think of a solid phalanx of high rises replacing all the gorgeous 19th century town houses along Columbia Heights, casting morning to noon shadows on the Promenade.