The cellar at Chez Moi is just used for storage, but they want to use it as either an expansion of the current restaurant or as a different restaurant operation. Either way, they are charged with improving egress if they change the use of the cellar.
That led them to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. Architect John Bedard of Manhattan-based Kushner Studios presented the plan for new stairs and a railing to replace the existing hatch at 135 Atlantic Avenue.
It didn’t fly with the commissioners. LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said the proposal “doesn’t really add to the streetscape” and called it “awkward.” Commissioner Diana Chapin also said it didn’t look appropriate. Commissioner Frederick Bland, a proud longtime Brooklyn Heights resident, asked about ADA access.
In the end, the applicant was asked to re-work the proposal, possibly with something that, while having more of an impact on the existing storefront, would be more contextual.