I guess we should be happy they’re not tearing down this iconic, 110-year-old building. Small victories. Nevertheless, YIMBY reports that the Landmark Preservation Commission has approved plans to “fuse” a 248-foot tall tower, designed by Fogarty Finger, to the rear end of the historic bank:
On Tuesday, the Landmark Preservation Commission accepted the proposed design, as well as hearings about designating the historic building as a new landmark.
Principal of Charney Construction and Development, Sam Charney, testified to the commission in favor of the proposed landmark designation, stating, “The bank is the centerpiece of a new mixed-use development designed by Fogarty Finger Architect. The new building will be clad in white terra cotta as a tribute and homage to its Helmle and Huberty designed limestone counterpart and will introduce curved corners and rounded aesthetics to distinguish itself from the iconic and historically significant structure that anchors the corner and the adjacent Williamsburg Bridge Plaza.”
The 248-foot tall tower fused with the 110-year-old bank building will yield 350,000 square feet of space, including 100,000 square feet of office space, 55,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, 340 parking spaces, and 178 rental apartments, of which thirty percent will be let at affordable prices.
Charney finished his statement on Tuesday saying that his company, with Tavros, “hope to maintain the building’s prominence as one of Brooklyn’s most architecturally distinctive banks.”
Sadly, this feels like a win given the hyper-gentrification of the neighborhood. Thanks Landmark Preservation Commission, we guess.