Rendering of Hidrock Realty’s proposed design for a five-story residential building next to the historic Pavilion Theater.
Hidrock Realty, developer of a five-story condo building next to the historic Pavilion Theater on Prospect Park West, was told by the Landmarks Preservation Commision to make changes to the proposed design after neighbors expressed concerns, DNAinfo reports.
Park Slope neighbors in attendance at an LPC hearing Tuesday voiced disapproval for the Morris Adjmi-designed five-story beige brick residential building, fearing that it would “open the door to out-of-character development up and down Prospect Park West.”
14th Street Block Association President Mark Grashow said neighbors are “‘terrified’ by the idea of the new condos being the first thing people see when they come out of the subway at 15th Street,” adding that, “In short, we do not like this building.”
Landmarks commissioner Michael Devonshire said he fears the spectre of “a complete wash of light” emitting from a building “completely out of character with the rest of the neighborhood.” As we previously reported, the theater is part of the Park Slope Historic District, and Adjmi is known for his ability to create modern structures that seamlessly blend with their historic surroundings.
The decision to maintain the theater has already had an “enormous” impact on the developer’s finances, so requests for changes to the current plans such as removing the proposed fifth floor were “not realistic” according to a spokesman for Hidrock.
The condos and Hidrock’s plans for restoring the historic theater require approval from the LPC in order to proceed; a vote was postponed until the developer presents a plan that’s more in keeping with the character of the historic neighborhood.
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