Though a renovation would be welcome at one pre-Civil War residential building in the city’s first historic district, it will have to wait. Last Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission took no action on a proposal for 152 Henry Street, in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the 16th site from its former 95-item backlog of items from before 2010. The former Williamsburgh Trust Company Building at 177 South 5th Street, in Williamsburg, has now been designated a landmark. Additionally, two more Brooklyn structures are now on the path to designation.
A pre-Civil War corner building in New York City’s first historic district will be restored to its former glory. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a plan to rebuild 100 Clark Street, which is also known as 1 Monroe Place.
Over the spring, a team of developers entered into contract to acquire, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the 11-story, 739,000-square-foot commercial complex known as the Watchtower, at 25-30 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn Heights. The team – now a joint venture between the Kushner Companies, CIM Group, and LIVWRK – have closed on the purchase for roughly $340 million, Commercial Observer reported. The new owners plan to convert the complex into creative office space, likely similar to how some of the same developers transformed the five-building complex now dubbed DUMBO Heights. The redevelopment is expected to begin within a year. In addition to the acquisition of 25-30 Columbia Heights, the same partnership is remains in contract to buy the vacant, block-encompassing development site at 85 Jay Street, in DUMBO.
A small lot in Brooklyn’s Fulton Ferry Historic District is on its way to a change of use. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes that will allow the former gas station at 14 Old Fulton Street to become a restaurant.