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Pavilion Theater Condo Plan Scaled Back After Community Input

By Leslie Albrecht | October 19, 2015 1:50pm
 Hidrock Realty has revised plans for the condo building it wants to construct next to Park Slope's Pavilion Theater and is scheduled to present the new version to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Oct. 20.
Hidrock Realty has revised plans for the condo building it wants to construct next to Park Slope's Pavilion Theater and is scheduled to present the new version to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Oct. 20.
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PARK SLOPE — Developer Hidrock Realty has scaled back plans for a condo building next to the Pavilion Theater in response to community feedback and will present the revised proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

The tweaked renderings show that Morris Adjmi Architects made several changes, including setting back the fifth floor of the proposed six-story condo building by 6 feet and making the cornice more prominent to blend in better with neighboring buildings on Bartel-Pritchard Square.

The brick color for the building has been warmed up, and some of the windows in the ground-floor commercial space are now smaller, the renderings show.

"The ground floor openings are lifted from the ground and reconceived to match the residential character of [Bartel-Pritchard Square],” architects wrote in describing the new renderings. “The base of the building is thus more solid and its retail function less conspicuous."

Locals had criticized Hidrock's plans as out of character with its historic surroundings, and the LPC in August asked the developer to make the new building less "prominent."

A spokesman for Hidrock said the developer had addressed "virtually every issue" raised by locals and the LPC.

"Since Hidrock comprehensively incorporated the community’s recommendations — which we believe improved how the project relates to Bartel-Pritchard Square and the larger surrounding neighborhood — we are hopeful that Community Board 6 members and other community activists will be pleased with Hidrock’s broad responsiveness and will be supportive of the new design," spokesman Ethan Geto said Monday.

Neighbors said Monday they appreciated Hidrock's revisions, but want the developer to make even more changes.

“The architects have made a good start with their second iteration. … However, there are still some problems with the overall plan,” 14th Street resident Michael Padwee wrote in an email Monday to the LPC.

He suggested Hidrock eliminate the new building's sixth floor altogether and said its cornice is "still too modern looking."

Hidrock wants to put up the 24-unit residential building next to the Pavilion Theater on Prospect Park West and 14th Street. The developer also plans to add residences above the theater and completely renovate the street-level commercial space where the theater is now.

After negotiations with City Councilman Brad Lander, Hidrock agreed to maintain the ground-floor space as a movie theater. A tenant hasn't been chosen yet, but Nitehawk Cinema is interested in taking over the space.

The LPC must issue a certificate of appropriateness for the development to move forward. Hidrock's plans will also require a zoning variance from the city's Board of Standards and Appeals.

Hidrock and Morris Adjmi Architects are scheduled to present the revised plans at the LPC on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. People who want to comment on the revised plans are advised to arrive at the hearing at 9:30 a.m. The LPC meets on the ninth floor of 1 Centre St. in Manhattan. Review the proposed development here.