The Historic Districts Council will host their 19th Annual Preservation Conference, Preservation Now! Today’s Victories, Losses and Ongoing Battles, on March 1-3, 2013.
I will participate on the “Preservation Campaigns and Neighborhoods” panel on March 2nd, 11:30am – 1:00pm. I will use numbers and statistics to present the changes of several historic Brooklyn neighborhoods and show through financial analysis how preservation has made these communities more desirable.
Here is a link to entire program.
Corner of Strong Place and Kane Street circa 1930.
That is a question an anonymous commenter on the blog Brownstoner recently posed in reaction to seeing the design of the townhouses we are currently building on the corner of Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The full statement of Grandarmyredux reads:
“The drawings look nice and I’m sure Donald Brennan is correct that many neighbors will be happy with the result. But, for my taste, it’s just too conservative. A dose of modernism in a historic neighborhood can inject much needed variety and energy to the streetscape. 19th century architecture isn’t inherently better than 21st century, or vice versa. It all depends on great design and craft. Btw, I believe this is Martin Amis’s block.”
Besides being mis-quoted – I never said “many neighbors would be happy with the result” – I understand where Grandarmyredux is coming from and don’t necesarily disagree that “a dose of modernism in an historic neighborhood” can add to the architectural fabric in a meaningful way. That said, that is not how this particular community feels and since I, as a developer, do not have aesthetic agenda, I am more than happy to take clues and input from the community when proposing to build new. It is after all something they will have to live with, not me.
I strongly believe that our architect, CWB Architects, has designed a compelling collection of homes and that our builder will construct them with the same level of care so that the quality will be self-evident and their contribution to this established historic district will be forever lasting.
Brennan Real Estate, LLC and ConsciousBuild, LLC organized and lead a strong and experienced team in responding to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s request for proposals for the adaptive reuse of the Empire Stores located in the Fulton Ferry Historic Distric and adjacent to the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. The proposals were due in late December and are currently under review by the BBP Corp.
In the redevelopment of the historic Empire Stores our team would bring its vast on-the-ground experience working in DUMBO and adjacent historic districts in Brooklyn. This experience, combined with the team’s in-depth knowledge of Brooklyn trends, culture and communities, will help contribute to the success of the historic Empire Stores project and the continuing revitalization of Brooklyn’s waterfront.
Our general contractor has prepped the site for construction. This vacant lot, that once contained a pair of townhouses, had been used as a parking lot for the past 80 years. It was one of the few parcels of land left in Cobble Hill that allows for residential construction. We, as the development manager, are thrilled to finally enter the construction phase of the project. The finished product, like all of our other previous work, will be of the highest quality and craftsmanship.