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Old Dumbo Soap Factory Cleans Self Up, Returns as Lofts

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Location: 37 Bridge Street in Dumbo
Size: 45 units
Prices: So far, $585,000 to $1.6 million
Developer: Baruch Singer
Sales & Marketing: Halstead

Not even a lightening strike can get in the way of a new Brooklyn development these days. A month after some stormy weather kicked a few bricks off the top of Dumbo's 37 Bridge Street, it's time for the condo conversion's debut, with the new name of Kirkman Lofts. According to the teaser website, the building will include studios through 4BRs, plus a few townhomes. The first of those is currently the priciest of the building's four active listings at $1.6 million. When it comes to amenities, Kirkman Lofts is going for the common outdoor space-bike storage-fitness room package. But the building hopes to jazz it up a little with...soap. And also history.
37 Bridge Street is, in the words of the brokerbabble, "the best looking 96 year old in Brooklyn." It was built in 1915 as the Kirkman & Son Soap Company, and the conversion "incorporates the original steel silo accents of the factory days." About that conversion: the architect involved was none other than Brooklyn barredchitect Robert Scarano, according to building permits. Some of those permits called for him to add a few stories to the building, but the end result is still missing many trademark Scarano elements. Something for developers to keep in mind if the architect's appeal goes through and he returns to looking for work.
· Official website: Kirkman Lofts []
· Kirkman Lofts at 37 Bridge Street [StreetEasy]
· Dumbo's 37 Bridge Hits the Market ['Stoner]

Kirkman Lofts

37 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY