14-story cantilevered complex proposed for East New York’s landmarked Empire State Dairy building

Posted On Tue, April 16, 2019 By

Posted On Tue, April 16, 2019 By In affordable housing, Architecture, East New York, Landmarks Preservation Commission, New Developments

Rendering by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

An affordable housing developer on Tuesday presented plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a new building that would cantilever over the Empire State Dairy building in East New York. HP Brooklyn Dairy Housing Development Fund Company, part of the nonprofit Housing Partnership Development Corporation, wants to construct a 14-story tower on top of the early 20th-century factory, located at 2840 Atlantic Avenue. Landmarked in 2017, the factory is notable for its architectural style and decorative tile murals. Dattner Architects created the designs for the proposed complex shown in the new renderings. The new construction would be a major change for the property, which was purchased by the developer for $16.75 million last year.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkRendering by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rezoning of the area means that 274,000 square feet of residential and retail space may be a possibility for the site. No information is currently available on how many apartments the residential portion of the complex will contain or whether units will be affordable.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new york

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new york

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkRenderings by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The new building would replace two non-landmarked existing buildings and a parking lot also on the site. Renderings show a squared u-shaped masonry structure with tall, thin modern windows, balconies and patches of greenery. The landmarked factory’s “sculptural chimney” is shown in the renderings but according to the LPC presentation is “currently under assessment.”

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new york

Building Drawings, 1913, via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkHistoric Terracotta Tile at Atlantic Aveneu Entrace – Detail, via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkCurrent photo via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The group of buildings, completed in 1915, was designed by architects Theobald Engelhardt and Otto Strack. The LPC has called the building’s architectural style “Abstracted Classicist with Secession detail.” The aforementioned tile murals show pastoral scenes.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkRendering by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new york

2840 ATLANTIC AVENUE, DATTNER ARCHITECTS, EMPIRE STATE DAIRY, HOUSING PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, east new yorkDrawings by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Dattner Architects is known for their work in affordable housing, including a mixed-use development on the St. Barnabas Hospital campus in the Belmont section of the Bronx, Chestnut Commons, an all-affordable East New York complex, and an affordable Passive House at 425 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The firm is also working on a proposed mixed-use development with 1,165 affordable units, also in East New York, known as “Atlantic Chestnut.”

The LPC did not vote following the presentation, so a revised version of the project will come before them at a later date.

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