Townhouses to Come to 295 Hicks Street

Per The Real Deal, the owners of 295 Hicks St are planning to build “three single-family, four-story townhouses [that] will rise at what is currently a parking lot.” That took me a minute to figure out, but then again I’ve never been good at math. The property previously belonged to the Diocese of Brooklyn until December 2011, when it was sold for $4.325 million to a company called Dream SDS LLC.

Photo: Josh Ross/Brooklyn Eagle

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  • Andrew Porter

    Better than three four-family, single-story townhouses. I understand the owners of the houses visible in the rear are unhappy about losing the view and light from the back of their buildings.

  • CassieVonMontague

    What used to be on that site? Any archival photos? Rumor has it there used to be a meeting house used by the Lebanese Church before they moved to Henry and Remsen.

    I’m for building on the lot, but I don’t have my hopes up for any architectural masterpieces. I’m unimpressed with the new Boerum Hill townhouses on State Street and the new Cobble Hill townhouses on Henry near Amity, although at least those buildings are trying something new. Otherwise you get the bland townhouse on Hicks and State, which announces its “reserved elegance” with a shiny brass plaque.

  • John

    If they were that worried they should have bought the lot themselves. Then they could have donated it to the city for use as a playground and taken the tax write off. :-)

  • Andrew Porter

    Here’s a photo of 291-301 Hicks Street from a Long Time Ago.

  • Salma T. Vahdat

    Ms Cassie: To address your “rumor”, 295-297 Hicks was purchased by Chorbishop K. Stephen in 1902 and dedicated in 1906, as a church proper, by the late George Cardinal M. Mundelain who was at the time an Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn. It was under the patronage of Our Lady of Lebanon. It remained there, the home of the Lebanese and Syrian Maronites (Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church) until 1944 when the congregation purchased and moved to the present Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on Henry and Remsen Sts.

  • Cranberry Beret

    SDS is Louis Greco’s firm. Developer of the newish apartment building at 322 Hicks, the big Richard Meier condo called On Prospect Park, and developer of the new townhouse on Cranberry Street. They hire good architects, although I’ve never been a fan of the particular results. The lot isn’t huge (48 feet) so the three new houses at 16 feet wide each will be narrow compared to many of their 25 foot neighbors. Disappointing that they’re attempting to build the full 50 foot height allowed by zoning, especially given the low carriage houses on both sides of the street nearby. I assume they’ll get pushback on that from a Landmarks perspective.

  • Heights Observer

    Perhaps they were not given the option to buy.

  • davoyager

    so odd that todays brooklyn heights is where 4 story single family townhouses are built just like that period in the 19th century when most of our standing buildings were built. How is the early 21th century similar to the early 19th century and is that a good thing?

  • John

    As the original article states, there was an open bidding process with over 50 bidders.

  • John

    Great question! For better or worse I think a desire to get past landmarks is a large part of the decision. That, and likely the highest bidder has less imagination and/or after spending do much on the lot can’t afford to take a risk on the layout/design.