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Proposed Williamsburg Preschool Gets New Renderings

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Christoff : Finio Architecture has released renderings for The School at Fillmore Place, the proposed preschool set to rise in Williamsburg, and they're certainly . . . glassy. The three-story, 6,200-square-foot building will feature a glass and timber-framed curtain wall looking out onto the street and incorporates the "Reggio Emilia" philosophy, which theorizes that "environment" is integral to early childhood education. Each floor will house a single classroom, while the roof will have an open playground and a greenhouse.

As the vacant lot is located on Williamsburg's only block protected by a historic district, the proposal is meeting quite a bit of neighborhood opposition and the local community board has already voted against the project. However, it seems to be faring better with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and Appeals, with LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan saying that the proposal "fits in quite nicely" with the rows of nineteenth-century brick townhouses that currently line the block.
· All School at Fillmore Place coverage [Curbed]