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Gowanus development site may sit atop former burial ground

Locals say 209 9th Street was once a plot for Revolutionary War soldiers
March 20, 2014 05:49PM

The owner of a lot in Gowanus is planning to build on a site locals believe was a burial ground for Revolutionary War soldiers.

Brooklyn-based Volmar Construction, listed as the owner of 203 9th Street in public records, originally filed to construct a five-story building with 9,040 square feet of residential space and 4,530 square feet of commercial.

Last month, the firm filed to start structural and plumbing work, according to Department of Buildings records.

Locals have been trying to preserve the 4,545-square-foot lot between Third and Fourth avenues as a park by getting it listed by the National Register of Historic Places, Brownstoner reported.

Permits dating back to 2004, before Volmar owned the site, sought to change the use and add stories to the existing building, a one-story former car repair shop. Volmar purchased the property for $1.6 million in 2010, according to the blog. The architect of record is Brooklyn-based EA Design Group, according to the most recent permit issued.  [Brownstoner]Angela Hunt