The lot at 27 Cranberry Street will be home to a “modern” structure if new owner developer Louis Greco and “architect of the year” Martin Santini get their way. CB2’s Land Use Committee has approved the design which reports say is a four story single family home with a glass facade not to mention an underground squash court.Curbed notes that this is not too much of a surprise considering Mr. Greco is the developer of such decidedly modern efforts as On Prospect Park in Brooklyn and the Dillon in Manhattan.
The plan still needs approval from NYC Landmark Preservation Commission which laid over its November 9 hearing. As of this writing, it is not on the LPC docket for its November 23 meeting.
While renderings have yet to surface online, it’s description would strike many preservationists and residents of this landmarked neighborhood as out of character. One Curbed commenter sums it up, saying, “Cranberry is HISTORIC historic…. Would be sad, to see a super modern element shoved in there.”
The Brooklyn Eagle reports on the Brooklyn Heights Association’s reaction so far:
Brooklyn Eagle: Judy Stanton, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, denied her organization supports the design. She sought a narrowing of the house’s size so as to widen the space between it and the adjacent historic frame house to give access for its maintenance. That suggestion was rejected by the architect, who noted that No. 25 has a two-foot-wide alley along its property line.
Less glass on the façade also was urged by the BHA. The architect said the design is contemporary and not intended to imitate its neighbors. Although much limestone will be included, the style will differ.
The seller of the lot is BHA Governor Brian McGorry.