Hidrock revises plans for Pavilion Theater condo conversion

Developer tweaks Morris Adjmi-designed project after community feedback

TRD New York /
Oct.October 19, 2015 05:45 PM

Hidrock Realty is scaling back plans for its condo conversion of Park Slope’s historic Pavilion Theater after receiving negative community feedback, with the developer now set to present a revised proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

Tweaked renderings show several changes to the Morris Adjmi Architects-designed project, including setting back the fifth floor of the proposed six-story condo building by six feet and making the cornice more prominent to blend in better with neighboring buildings.

The building’s brick color has also been warmed up while some of the windows in the ground-floor commercial small are now smaller, according to DNAinfo.

Hidrock’s original plans for the Pavilion Theater received much criticism from locals and preservationists for being out of character with its Park Slope surroundings, with Landmarks sending the proposal back to the drawing board in August.

While the developer said its redesign had addressed “virtually every issue” raised, Park Slope residents continued to note “some problems with the overall plan” and want Hidrock to make even more changes.

Hidrock wants to put a 24-unit condo building next to the Pavilion Theater, located at 188 Prospect Park West, while completely renovating the 1928 neo-Renaissance-style building’s street-level commercial space and building additional residences above the theater.

After negotiations with City Councilman Brad Lander, the developer agreed to maintain that street-level commercial space as a movie theater. A tenant has yet to be chosen, though Nitehawk Cinema is reportedly interested in operating the space.

Hidrock acquired the property for $16 million in 2006 and filed plans for the condominium conversion in April. The firm told The Real Deal that evolving “movie attendance patterns” were among the factors motivating the residential conversion. [DNAinfo]Rey Mashayekhi

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