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Green Roofs May Help Seaport Buildings Grow Taller

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[CLICK TO MAKE BIG. Renderings by BKSK Architects/Photo of 104-106 South Street by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib]

The decrepit-looking row of Seaport buildings along South Street between Beekman and Peck Slip may be refreshed as rental housing, and their developer, along with BKSK Architects wants to make the buildings taller and crown them with green planted roofs. The structures in question are the former M. Slavin & Sons fish dealer buildings that were built in the early 19th century and have survived fires and multiple uses to be transformed into apartments, according to The Tribeca Trib. A plan recently brought before Manhattan Community Board 1 showed how the Pilot Real Estate Group wants to turn the three contiguous buildings into one 20-unit rental property. Plans drawn up by BKSK Architects involve raising the height of the buildings and planting weather-resistant grasses on the roof that will insulate and increase water absorption.

The design by BKSK Architects requires the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, because the rehab of the former fish markets into apartments involves the addition of 38 feet to two of the buildings. In meetings before Community Board 1, the board objected to the use of glass railings around the roofs and a larger dormer structure that protruded from the planned peaked roof at 106 South Street. The Tribune reports that the buildings at 105 and 106 were both taller at one time before they sustained damage in separate fires. Any recovered height will be indicated by the use of darker-colored bricks to evoke the structures' charred histories.
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