The Landmarks Preservation Commission will soon announce if developers can move forward with plans to construct a new rooftop pool at 124 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. The ten-story building is located within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and once served as a Jehovah’s Witness dormitory building.
In 2016, the property was purchased for $105 million by Vincent Viola, the founder and CEO of Virtu Financial. Viola then filed permits with the Department of Buildings to convert the building for long-term residential use. Those plans specified the construction of a 101-unit condominium property with a two-level parking garage, a dog grooming room, a fitness center, interior lounges, storage facilities for packages and bicycles, a laundry room, outdoor terraces at the eighth and ninth floors, and more to be announced.
Today, renderings from HS2 Architecture illustrate a new rooftop pool and surrounding outdoor space terrace area that could debut as the building’s signature amenity spaces. The outdoor pool would be slightly raised from the main roof elevation and will require the installation of a brick-enclosed lift to facilitate access for mobility-impaired residents.
The proposals also call for a new street-level garage door, marquee, and curb cut for the on-site tenant parking garage, as well as a new elevator and stair bulkhead. New mechanical equipment would be installed on the eighth floor terrace, in addition to an ornamental canopy structure.
When complete, the building is expecting to yield around 150,000 square feet of residential area.