New York City’s Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved plans for the development of two residential buildings on a lot shared by the landmarked Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School. The lot was landmarked in 2011 as part of the Crown Heights North Historic District.
Two seven-story buildings will be erected at 959 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with a combined 152 resident units with a 30 percent affordable set-aside. The project is being designed by NYC-based architecture firm Morris Adjmi Architects. The North East Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church have partnered with Hope Street Capital to develop the site, citing the need to fund repairs on their property is the impetus for the partnership.
There has been some pushback from the Crown Heights community. The project design has been criticized that it does not fit the design context of the surrounding landmarked district and neighborhood and that with a 30 percent set side for affordable units, the project is not affordable enough to meet housing needs.
The project does however, provide one additional scenario for development on faith property within NYC’s historic districts.
Main Image: Morris Adjmi Architects