A small, boutique condo project is about to replace a century-old brick apartment building at 371 Baltic Street, in the borderlands between Boerum Hill, Gowanus, and Carroll Gardens. YIMBY has renderings of the four-story building, which will rise between Smith and Hoyt streets, near Gowanus Houses.
The facade will be made of poured-in-place concrete, echoing the nabe’s industrial history. The somewhat Brutalist design will certainly stick out on this block lined with aging brick row houses and a school built in the 1920s. (Confusingly, the school is called the “Cobble Hill School of American Studies,” but most folks consider the area Boerum Hill.)
The project was filed as an expansion of the existing two-story building, and the developer plans to preserve a bit of the old structure, including the foundation and a few walls.
The new development will hold four spacious condos – three full-floor units and a penthouse duplex. All four units will have three bedrooms and private outdoor space. Residents on the first floor will get a private backyard, and occupants of the second and third floors will have private balconies. Penthouse dwellers will be able to enjoy a private roof deck.
Apartments will range from 1,100 to 2,000 square feet and offer between 350 and 800 square feet of outdoor space.
The building won’t have any parking, but the Bergen Street stop on the F and G trains is only a ten-minute walk away. And Boerum Park, which is right next door, has a nice playground for residents with children.
Long Island City-based Atelier New York Architecture is handling the design, and Xavier Guery of Soho-based XNV Properties is the developer.
The Department of Buildings has approved plans, but no work permits yet. Guery expects to start work in the spring and finish in a year and a half.
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