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Checking In on 17 Apartments on the Rise in Park Slope

A red-brick building that dated back to the 19th century sat on a large lot in Park Slope—too large, as it proved tasty bait for developers. An eponymous LLC snatched up 61 Park Place between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the summer of 2012 for $5,750,000, Browstoner reported. Instead of four townhouses serving as the replacement, though, owners are putting up a five-story, 17-unit building with a daycare center at the bottom. Above, the rendering posted on the site's scaffolding, which shows a non-threatening terraced, brick structure peeking out between many a sidewalk tree. The 50-foot-tall building boasts protrusions that mimic the architecture of the townhouses on the block; the architect is Shi-Ming Tam, whose one Yelp review is pretty damning. Department of Buildings permits show there will be 15,999 square feet of residential space, plus a daycare center that can fit 190 children and 65 staff members. Amenities are fairly basic: a laundry room; bike storage (for 9 velos only); and parking for 20 cars.

Here's the rendering posted on the plywood surrounding the lot:

And, from across the street, a shot of the construction as of Saturday:

One question remains: will they be rentals or condos? Our only clue is that 61 Park Place LLC is registered at 52 Dean Street, a boom-era Boerum Hill condo.
· Five Story Brick Building Going up at 61 Park Place in Park Slope ['Stoner]
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