‘Horizontal townhouse’ development in Brooklyn Heights launches sales

The former home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle transformed into sprawling condominiums
By Katherine Clarke | November 15, 2012 01:00PM

A new boutique Brooklyn Heights condo at the former home of newspaper the Brooklyn Daily Eagle is slated to hit the market in the next few months, complete with an automated underground parking garage and a landscaped central courtyard.

The Heights, at 30 Henry Street, will soft launch today, according to its developer Fortis Property Group. The development features five large full-floor units asking between $3.39 million for a 2,418-square-foot first-floor unit with three bedrooms to $4.95 million for a 2,861-square-foot fifth-floor pad with additional exterior space. Construction on the BKSK Architects-designed building, which will have keyed elevator access to all apartments, is slated to be completed by the late summer.

“The legend of brownstone Brooklyn is very appealing to people and this property has that aesthetic,” said the Corcoran Group’s Deborah Rieders, who is marketing the property on behalf of Fortis. “They could have done multiple smaller units or a couple of townhouses, but as much as people love the charm of brownstones, they don’t necessarily always love the stairs. This gave us a unique opportunity to emulate the big spaces of the townhouses but do it horizontally rather than vertically.”

Fortis President Joel Kestenbaum added: “There’s a great shortage of supply in Brooklyn Heights and demand for big apartments is very strong.”

Fortis purchased the development site for $3.5 million in April, public records show. The design of the prospective building was criticized earlier this year by community organizations that deemed it too tame.

“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, Judy Stanton, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, told the Wall Street Journal.

The Brooklyn Eagle has since moved to Dumbo and has offices at 16 Court Street in Downtown Brookyln and in Bay Ridge, according to previous reports.