Updated renderings and proposals have surfaced for a single-family townhouse at 27 Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights. The hotly contested structure was first presented and approved by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2011, but the project team failed to obtain construction permits due to legal action by neighboring property owners who feared the new building could damage the value of their historic homes. Plans resurfaced in 2015, but again, construction failed to break ground.
Drawings contained within the current iteration of proposals were submitted by NY3 Design Group and Charles Schmitt Architects. Beyond a more extensive description of building materials, elevations, and massing, it does not appear that the project team has diverged dramatically from the original proposals. Should construction move forward, the building would rise four stories above ground and include a penthouse level and roof terrace. Drawings also illustrate two cellar levels below grade.
Both front and rear elevations of the building are clad in brownstone brick with mahogany-stained wood treatments for the main entrance and window systems. The windows trims, cornices, and cladding at the penthouse level are comprised of gray zinc. The rear of the townhouse is pentagonal shaped, opening onto a private porch and backyard. Black guardrails separate the ground floor from the cellar levels beneath.
The new proposals require approvals from the commission, which again reviewed the architectural plans on October 8. It is unclear whether legal action by the neighboring building owners is still active, which could further delay the commencement of construction.