Proposals to redevelop and expand a 20’s-era Catholic School at 991 Saint Johns Place have again returned to the Landmark Preservation Commission following criticism from the city agency. Located in Crown Heights the Neo-Classical-style building was originally constructed in 1921 by architect Frank J. Helme.
PKSB Architects and the development team intend to repurpose the school as a residential apartment building. Applications include the construction of rooftop areas, side additions, an entry ramp, and alterations to the facade.
Initial proposals dated October 2018 included doubling the building’s floor count and the construction of an adjacent structure to make room for residential units and amenity areas. Revisions have chopped rooftop additions at the primary building from three to two stories, while the six-story addition could now top-off at three-stories. Building mechanicals have also been repositioned to reduce visibility from street level.
The property is currently awaiting LPC approval, and would include preservation of the connected church of St. Gregory.