A Crown Heights landmark is still in danger of falling apart and a proposal to save it met with concern, but not approval, from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. The landmark in question is the George B. and Susan Elkins House at 1375 Dean Street. The current owner wants to convert the single-family structure to a four-family home, add glass enclosures on the sides, add skylights, change the attic, excavate in the cellar to give a higher ceiling height, and put on a glassy rear addition. It was the glass enclosures that really didn’t sit well with the commissioners.
Since the state re-opened applications the loft law in July, YIMBY has noticed a few filings from industrial landlords who want to legalize apartments in their illegally converted loft buildings. Yesterday we spotted one for 304 Boerum Street in East Williamsburg, where the owner is trying once again to get a new certificate of occupancy.
One of the few vacant lots left in prime Williamsburg is about to become an apartment building. New building applications were filed yesterday for a six-story, seven-unit development at 650 Metropolitan Avenue, only a block from the Lorimer stop on the L and G trains.
Yesterday, we checked in on Two Trees’ new tower at 286 Ashland Place, where construction is making rapid headway. Work seems to be moving at a similar place at 333 Schermerhorn Street, just a few blocks away, where Douglas Steiner’s 53-story project dubbed “The Hub” is now roughly two-thirds of the way to its pinnacle, per the latest from Tectonic.
The Amirian Group and Bridgeton Holdings have begun converting the former 10-story, 50,000 square-foot office building at 396 Broadway, in Tribeca, into a 171-key hotel, according to Crain’s. Rooms will start at $200 per night, which is reportedly below the city’s average of $231. DXA Studio is designing the conversion, and a soft opening is expected at the end of 2016.