Saturday, September 3, 2016
Spare landmark, build on empty lot
From Brooklyn Daily:
Sunset Parkers want the city to arrest its plan to level the landmarked former 68th Precinct station house on Fourth avenue and build a school there — instead suggesting it erect classrooms on a parking lot for sale around the corner.
Preservation group Sunset Park Restoration penned a letter to the School Construction Authority on Aug. 25 proposing it use the carpark on the corner of 44th Street and Third Avenue as an alternative, because knocking over the castle-like landmark would be a great loss for the community, according to the group’s leader.
“There are alternatives that don’t involve loosing our crown jewel. That’s what’s so staggering to me,” said Tony Giordano, the executive director of the Sunset Park Restoration.
The landmark’s owner paid $6 million for the property last year, and Giordano assumes the city would pay as much — plus demolition costs — so it should instead save the dough and buy the empty lot, which is listed on commercial real estate website LoopNet.com for $2 million, Giordano said.