Construction of the 24,000-square-foot Bottega Venetta boutique store is in full swing at the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 64th Street. The retailer will occupy 740 Madison Avenue along with 23 and 25 East 64th Street. It acquired the property from the Wildenstein family of international art dealers in the fourth most expensive lease of 2014, with an estimated rent of $8 million. Sitting one block east of Central Park and a few blocks north of the Billionaires’ Row rising along 57th Street, the site is within the Upper East Side Historic District, meaning that the developer had to engage in a delicate design and approval process before starting work on the three 19th century buildings.
In January, we reported on a proposal for a four-story, three-unit residential building on the vacant lot at 348 Clermont Avenue. That’s between Lafayette and Green avenues in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Historic District. Its design was initially rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, after a rethink, a more traditional design won them over.
Musician and property owner Norah Jones is moving forward with converting the two-story, two-family residential building at 172 Pacific Street, in Cobble Hill, into a single-family townhouse. Brownstoner reports all of the needed approvals are in place to do the conversion, which includes partially demolishing the rear of the property and replacing it with a new rear extension that will include a sliding glass door on the ground floor and French doors and Juliette balconies on the second floor. In all, the structure will see its residential space go from 3,552 square feet to 3,085 square feet. Baxt Ingui Architects is designing the renovations. As the property sits within the Cobble Hill Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to approve of the project, which it did in November of 2015. The house was purchased for $6.25 million in 2015.
A 35-story mixed-use project in the Financial District can now go forward, thanks to approval from the Landmarks Preservation on Tuesday. The project is at 77 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 42 Trinity Place) and needed LPC approval because it would cantilever over the Robert and Anne Dickey House, an individual landmark immediately to the south at 67 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 28-30 Trinity Place). The changes to the design weren’t too dramatic and one of them was described as a “no-brainer” by the LPC chair.
There were five landmarks designated in Brooklyn in 2015 and now the borough has its first of 2016. The East New York Savings Bank, Parkway Branch building at 1117 Eastern Parkway (a.k.a. 1123A Eastern Parkway) was designated an individual landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.