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Greenpoint Getting a New Pencil

Looks like buildings in the historic Eberhard Faber Pencil complex in Greenpoint are coming down. The Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Greenpoint and Williamsburg notes that a demolition permit has been issued for part of the site, which is owned by developer Isaac Katan, who's also involved with the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. They write:

In the past week or two, scaffolding has gone up around the building at the corner of Kent Street and West Street...While this building is not the most distinctive or historic in the Faber complex, it shares a lot with an older two-story structure that is very characteristic of the Eberhard Faber buildings.The roundabout trail eventually leads to Daniel Goldner Architects. They're designing the replacement building that will "establish a recognizable architectural icon for the area that would...stand out distinctly from the adjacent context of mundane utilitarian buildings lining the waterfront." The plans, if they're approved, seem to include that, um, "very characteristic" two-story building, which would also be toast. You can see the rendering of the possible future by clicking through.
· Demolition at Eberhard Faber [Waterfront Alliance]
· Former Brooklyn Sugar #1: Open Windows at Domino [Curbed]