A landmark house in Crown Heights – a landmark that predates the historic district in which it now sits – will see new life, but with a split personality. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and conversion of 1375 Dean Street, also known as the George B. and Susan Elkins House, from a single-family home to two two-unit townhouses within the same structure.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is allowing an undisclosed developer to redevelop the currently vacant, 138,000 square-foot Bedford-Union Armory property at 1555 Bedford Avenue, in western Crown Heights. According to DNAinfo, the former military facility will be transformed into residential units and a recreational facility. The domed portion of the facility will be home to a soccer field, three basketball courts, and a swimming poll, and will be operated by CAMBA. Along President Street, 13 townhouse units will be carved out of the building. The armory is low-rise in nature on its southern street front. Finally, a mixed-income residential building will be built from the ground up on the site’s eastern end. The entire project must pass through ULURP.
Matt Schneider, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, five-unit residential building at 399 Prospect Place, in the northwestern corner of Crown Heights. The project – located six blocks north of the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop on the 2 and 3 trains – will measure 5,380 square feet in total. The full-floor units will average 1,076 square feet, which means condos are likely. The unit on the fifth floor will also include a sixth-floor penthouse, according to the Schedule A. Douglas Pulaski’s Brooklyn-based Bricolage Designs is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in November to knock down the existing two-story, four-unit apartment building.
Prospect Place between New York and Brooklyn Avenues is set to receive a new apartment building, but not before at least one more meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. At its session last Tuesday, the LPC did not approve the proposed four-story plus penthouse structure at 906 Prospect Place. That’s in the Crown Heights North Historic District II. At issue were certain details and articulation along with the height of rooftop mechanical elements.
Ofer Prager has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 1528 Bergen Street, in eastern Crown Heights, six blocks south of the A and C trains’ stop at Utica Avenue. The building will measure 6,609 square feet in total, which means units will average 826 square feet apiece. One of the units on the fourth floor will also include a fifth-floor penthouse, according to the Schedule A. Forest Hills-based Arc Architecture + Design Studio is the architect of record, and permits were filed in October to demolish an existing single-story house. This isn’t the day’s first news from Ofer Prager, as another project is planned at 1545 Bergen Street.