BKSK Architects‘ approved plans that were last submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which call for a renovation and expansion of 53 Pearl Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, await construction. The team revealed its latest design for the 140-year-old Italianate-style structure a year ago after initial plans from March 2019 that called for a tall multi-story addition at the rear of the property, were denied for being both “out of scale” and “contextually inappropriate.” The building was once a factory for the Masury Paint Company and was transformed into rental apartments several years ago.
The recent photo below shows the current exterior condition of 53 Pearl Street. The site is located between Plymouth Street and Water Street, almost directly to the east of the Manhattan Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park is only two blocks to the north.
BKSK’s original plans called for a total of eight residential floors and a small rooftop terrace, with the addition clad in floor-to-ceiling glass with colorful fins. The plans also included a simplified lot-line façade and the removal of the fire escape. The old height for the vertical expansion was reduced after the first LPC hearing in early 2019, in order to make it less visible from the street. Below are the latest renderings comparing the original and updated approved versions of the residential design.
The nearest subway is the F train at the York Street stop. A number of retail shops and dining options are located around the surrounding DUMBO neighborhood.
A start and completion date for 53 Pearl Street is still uncertain, as it’s unclear whether plans have been approved.