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Clinton Hill skyscraper pitched alongside church repairs approved by LPC

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The 29-story tower will rise at the corner of Clinton and Atlantic avenues

Morris Adjmi Architects via LPC

Update, 3/14/18: According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the LPC approved the Morris Adjmi-designed skyscraper, along with repairs to the adjoining church.

Back in January, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal to make repairs to Clinton Hill’s landmarked—and somewhat dilapidated—Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew. In order to do that, the church will work with developer Hope Street Capital to combine the church’s lot and an adjacent one on the corner of Clinton and Atlantic avenues.

The developer will fold repairs to the church in to the overall plan for the site, which includes a 29-story tower designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. (It will replace a lot that currently houses the popular bar Hot Bird.)

At the time, the LPC sent the plan back for revisions, namely regarding the church itself; as we reported at the time, the commissioners “focused on the quality of materials preservation architects Li/Saltzman chose to repair the facade of the church.” The architects had proposed a composite patch repair rather than a full restoration of the exterior.

Revised plans for the project will go before the LPC tomorrow, and many of those concerns have been addressed; as Adjmi told NY YIMBY, “There is a more extensive restoration program for the church and we modified the design of the tower in response to the commissioners’ comments.”

The new proposal calls for more thorough renovation of the church’s facade, as well as structural fixes that would address the commissioner’s concerns about patching the weak spots. The new building’s facade will now be made using a lighter precast concrete, and the metal used for the window frames will be darker. (It will be similar to the facade of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, the Pacific Park condo on the other side of Atlantic Avenue.)

It’ll still have a twisting tower rising from a larger, blocky base, but the twist will be slightly less prominent. It’s a subtle change, but one that may satisfy the commissioners’ concerns about the building—if not preservationists, who compared the proposed design to Brutalist architecture at its first LPC go-round.