CB 2 Meeting at St. Francis Wednesday Evening to Consider “Skyscraper” Historic District

Community Board 2 will have its monthly meeting this coming Wednesday, December 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. Among the items on the agenda is a public hearing on the proposed “Skyscraper Historic District” which would protect a number of historic tall buildings along the west side of Court Street southward from Montague to Livingston Streets, as well as some buildings on the south side of Montague, on Remsen, Joralemon and the north side of Livingston, all between Court and Clinton, and Borough Hall and the Brooklyn Municipal Building on the east side of Court (see map here). None of these buildings are in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Mary Beth Betts, director of research for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is the scheduled presenter on the proposed new historic district, which is comprised of 20 properties “characterized by tall commercial buildings erected in the late 19th and 20th centuries … designed in a range of styles from the Romanesque-Revival to the Beaux-Arts to the Modern … [which] represent the work of an impressive group of architects” — and including and surrounding Brooklyn Borough Hall and the Brooklyn Municipal Building.

CB 2 may vote on a recommendation following the close of the public hearing.

As we’ve noted before, there is some opposition to this designation from property owners and developers who fear it may inhibit innovative design or creative use of properties in the affected area. There is also concern, as expressed by Dennis Holt in the Eagle, that the proposed district is not large enough, as it does not include significant buildings on the north side of Montague.

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