72 Poplar Whiplash: Residential Again?


Does your neck hurt? The plans for the former 86th Street Precinct building at 72 Poplar Street have changed again, according to a report from the Brooklyn Heights Blog. First the owners (who bought the 30,000-square foot building for $9,580,000 in 2005) wanted to get a variance to turn it into housing. Then they gave up, telling the Brooklyn Eagle in November 2007, "LPC and DOB restrictions coupled with a lack of cooperation/enthusiasm from neighbors and the Brooklyn Heights Association made the ownership seek other development options such as net leasing the entire building.' In December, a large number of neighborhood residents showed up at a Community Board 2 meeting to say that, yes, they did in fact want housing on the site. But, apparently, they'd missed the boat, with the owners deciding instead to negotiate a lease with the League Treatment Center that was getting displaced from its long-time home in Dumbo. Case closed? Nope. That deal fell through, and the developers were back at Community Board 2 last night showing off their new plans (courtesy of architect Andrew Friedman) for a 24-unit "luxury market-rate rental" project that would include a two-story addition to both the precinct building and the garage to the land use committee. The developers will go in front of the Executive Committee on April 27, says the Brooklyn Eagle.
Renderings of the New 72 Poplar [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Former Heights Precinct Building Back Before CB [Brooklyn Eagle]
League Treatment Center To Take Poplar Police Building [Brownstoner]
Heights Residents Want Precinct Housing After All? [Brownstoner] GMAP
Former Heights Precinct Will Not Go Condo [Brownstoner]

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