Brooklyn developer Henry Weinstein is planning to renovate and refurbish the landmarked, century-old former Bronx Borough Courthouse building at 513 East 161st Street, in Morrisania. The building is expected to reopen in 2017 with 115,000 square feet of leasable space over nine floors, according to The New York Times. No Longer Empty, an art group, is currently utilizing the building and plans to take space after the renovations.
Last week YIMBY revealed the 12-story, 68-unit residential building Greystone is planning at 225 4th Avenue, in Park Slope, and now the developer has found a tenant for the adjacent two-story Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 Fourth Avenue. According to The Wall Street Journal, Blink Fitness has leased 16,700 square feet in the landmarked building, which will undergo a restoration. The air rights over the Lyceum will be transferred to the neighboring project, and opening of the gym is slated for 2016.
Green-Wood Cemetery is planning to restore the landmarked Weir Greenhouse building at 750 5th Avenue and wants to construct a connected three-story office building for the nonprofit’s uses. Page Ayres Cowley is designing the project, and the landmarked structure was originally designed by Mercein Thomas in the 1880’s, but altered in 1895 by George Curtis Gillespie, according to Brownstoner. The LPC’s approval is required, and an adjacent two-story structure must be demolished.
The Stonewall Inn, located at 51-53 Christopher Street, has been designated an individual landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The unanimous vote took place Tuesday shortly before noon and was greeted by a roar of applause. This unusual move gives the bar’s history as part the LGBT rights movement the official city recognition many say it deserves.
After more than six months, a semi-new building is finally headed to Park Avenue between 74th and 75th streets. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a revised proposal for 807 Park Avenue during its fourth meeting about the planned renovation.