Poplar Street Approval

January 26, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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By Linda Collins

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The Executive Committee of Community Board (CB) 2 voted this week to approve, with modifications, a Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) application for 72 Poplar St., the former police precinct building that has gone through several owners and several conversion plans over the past seven years, since it was sold at auction by the city in 2004.

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The unanimous vote was 6-0-0 to ratify the CB 2 Land Use Committee’s recommendations for this new application, according to Robert Perris, district manager.

The application as presented to the community board asked for approval of the following:

• Extending the existing fourth floor;

• Constructing a new fifth-floor addition;

• Setting the rear wall back by 5 feet to achieve legal light and air requirements;

• Constructing a new rear façade;

• Installing a new accessibility ramp at the Poplar Street entrance;

• Creating new window and door openings at the east and west façades; and

• Constructing a one-story rooftop addition on the building’s adjacent garage.

William Flounoy of the Land Use Committee had made the motion to approve the application with the following modifications:

• Moving the proposed one-story addition on the adjacent garage forward to be more aligned with the street; and

• Simplifying the design of the new rear window openings by removing the arch, but maintaining the same window size.

The Land Use Committee’s vote was also unanimous at 14-0-0, according to Perris.

A check of the Department of Buildings (DOB) website revealed an unapproved filing that calls for a 7,608-square-foot rooftop addition increasing the building height from 54 feet to 63 feet. The filing also calls for 13 residential units, including the conversion of the garage into a carriage house unit.

Principals David Ennis and Craig Rosenman of 72 Poplar LLC are also asking for a change of use to allow residential in the former police precinct building.

As the Eagle has reported, an earlier plan for the property, by Regal Investments Inc., called for 38 residential units.

Regal had completed all of its planned interior demolition work, installed new staircases and constructed an elevator shaft before abandoning the project.

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