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Greenpoint church-to-condo conversion is inspired by Dutch hotel

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The adaptive reuse project will blend old masonry with modern materials

Courtesy of SL Development

A residential conversion has been a long time coming for the 1930s Episcopal parish hall at 120 Java Street in Greenpoint, and with a new batch of renderings spotted by YIMBY, it appears its time has finally come.

The site was purchased by SL Development in February 2017 for $6.125 million from Horrigan Companies, who originally planned to convert the building into an 18-unit rental with a partial brick facade and casement windows.

But SL Development’s plan will take the structure in another direction. The firm’s tapped Rawlings Architects to lead the building’s redesign. SL Development’s managing principal, Ray Steffen, tells Curbed that the firm drew inspiration for the building’s new look from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Amsterdam, a historic hospital that was retooled into a modern 211-key hotel.

Like the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 120 Java Street will have articulated, framed windows on a brick facade.

“We’re preserving as much of the original facade and rear extension as possible. It has a history and gives the building great character,” SL Development managing principal Ray Steffen tells Curbed. “We’ve found Brooklyn residents appreciate adaptive reuse, blending old masonry with modern materials.”

The Greenpoint building it still poised to have 18 units, but will be condos as opposed to rentals. Majority of those condos will be one- and two-bedrooms, though there will also be a few studios and three-bedrooms.

The building as it appears now.
SL Development