The southwest corner of Prospect Park is undergoing major changes, but will remain pleasantly familiar into the future. Hidrock Realty presented a plan to restore a strip of single-story retail bordering the former Pavilion Theatre to the Landmarks Preservation Commission today, Brownstoner reports—a site that it had formerly eyed for condos. The commission approved the application for the site, which falls in the Park Slope Historic District.
After presenting plans to the LPC in July and August of 2015 that sought to bring a 24-condo building designed by Morris Adjmi to 192 Prospect Park West, Hidrock has decided to reverse course and spruce up the site’s existing 1920s structure.
Hidrock purchased both the Pavilion Theatre and neighboring retail site for $16 million in 2006, and sold the theater last year to a group of investors who’s giving Nitehawk Cinemas a longterm lease. “[W]e had to decide, do we build condos or do we save Brooklyn?” Steven J. Hidary of Hidrock told the New York Times in 2016. “So we saved Brooklyn.”
The restoration of the neighboring retail buildings can be attributed to the same bravado. The restoration calls for the return of the building’s window and door openings, and a “bracketed cornice,” according to Brownstoner.