In January, Benchmark Real Estate Group acquired the five-story, 20-unit residential building at 50 Orange Street, in Brooklyn Heights, for $13.5 million. The developer has since tasked Lee Stahl’s design/build firm Renovated Home to draw up plans to convert the home into a single-family mansion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 14,500-square-foot townhouse would include four bedrooms, a gym, an 800-bottle wine cellar, a library, and a rooftop terrace, although ultimately the buyer will be able to design the final layout. Construction is expected to last into 2017, although the property is already on the market for $22 million. A number of tenants are still currently residing in the building. Any exterior alteration must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as the property is located within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.
It was back in January that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved exterior modifications that will allow 1 Wall Street, the 1931, 50-story-tall, Ralph Walker-designed office building at the corner of Broadway in the Financial District,…
In February, a proposal to expand a three-story structure in Brooklyn was not approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, having been deemed too visible. On Tuesday, the applicant returned to the LPC and they approved a scaled down proposal to expand 75 St. Marks Avenue. That’s near the corner of Flatbush Avenue in the Prospect Heights Historic District.
After having its first proposal rejected, a supportive housing institution in Brooklyn has received approval to expand its campus. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to allow both demolition and new construction on the campus of the Institute for Community Living (ICL), located at 839 St. Marks Avenue, at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue in the Crown Heights North Historic District.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s backlog, which had been reduced from 95 items to 30 items in February, has taken another big step towards being cleared. On Tuesday, the LPC designated eight new city individual landmarks, and they span all five boroughs.