The Landmark Preservation Commission recently granted unanimous approval for the construction of a single-story commercial building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The property is located at 20 Old Fulton Street and will contain ARABICA Coffee’s first stateside coffee shop and a second, unconfirmed retail tenant.
Designed by NV/Design.Architecture, the slanted massing of the building rises from 12.5 feet to 18.5 feet above ground. The façade incorporates arched windows and entryways inspired by the surrounding historic industrial buildings in the neighborhood.
Bounded by Elizabeth Place, Everit Street, and Old Fulton Street, the site reportedly has sat vacant since the 1920s. Previous proposals to develop the property from Snøhetta were approved by the LPC in 2014, but never broke ground. In 2018, the site was purchased by an LLC chaired by Shlomi Avdoo, who is managing principal of real estate investment firm Level One Holdings. The value of that transaction was approximately $3.5 million.
Today, site excavation is ongoing. While not officially confirmed, the developer has commented that the coffee shop could be operational by summer 2020.