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Community leaders disapprove of Brooklyn Heights condo’s “tame” design

January 10, 2012 12:30PM

Community organizations have stated their opposition to the design of a stately brick condominium building proposed for a prominent corner of Brooklyn Heights, the Wall Street Journal reported, because they said it is not modern enough. The BKSK Architects’ design for 30 Henry Street, at the corner of Middagh Street, which will be reviewed today by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, is “too tame,” they said.

“If there was ever a site that cries out for something quite special and a district that deserves something quite special,” this would be it, said Judy Stanton, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, a community advocacy organization.

Akiva Kobre, a senior vice president for developer Fortis Realty Group, said the firm had chosen a traditional design with just a few “unique flashes and unique points of interest” for the building, which will have five full-floor units. Newspaper the Brooklyn Eagle currently occupies the building on the site.

“We have chosen an approach that we think is more consistent and representative of the neighborhood,” he said. [WSJ]