There are 276 properties in Harlem that will now fall under the jurisdiction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. On Tuesday, it designated the Mount Morris Park Historic District Extension. Put simply, the new historic district contains most of the blocks running from Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X. Boulevard until nearly Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, and from the south side of West 123rd Street to the south side of West 118th Street.
The city is finally moving forward with plans to rebuild two unstable 19th century buildings at 321 and 323 Canal Street in Soho, which have been in administrative limbo for more than two years.
Back in June, YIMBY reported on filings to convert the eight-story Polhemus Building at 350 Henry Street, in Cobble Hill, into 17 residential units. Since the building is landmarked, approval from the LPC is required, and according to Brooklyn Daily Eagle, plans have received the green light. The units will likely be condos, averaging a spacious 2,520 square feet apiece in the 43,187 square-foot structure. Fortis Property Group is developing, and BKSK Architects is designing.
The concept of retaining Park Slope’s Pavilion cinema in a new, smaller form while converting the rest of the building and demolishing the neighboring one-story building for apartments was welcomed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. However, the current proposal could not pass muster. Put simply, it was seen as out of scale by many of the commissioners. The sentiment was shared by the public.
A vacant lot in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood will be no more. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a new building for 145 Gates Avenue (at the corner of Grand Avenue). The structure will be a three-story house (four with the cellar) with four bedrooms in the Italianate style.