Brooklyn Heights

Plan to add garage to 149 Clinton St. in Brooklyn Heights

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February 1, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The new owner of 149 Clinton St. wants to build a garage in the side yard of the property. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

Garages are an oh-so-coveted amenity in brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The new owner of 149 Clinton St. in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District plans to build one beside  his five-floor brick house.

First the city Landmarks Preservation Commission must sign off on his plan.

The house stands on a corner lot with a side yard. There’s a garage door on the Schermerhorn Street side of the property, but no garage behind it.
Designs drawn up by Joseph Vance Architects and submitted to the preservation agency show a new single-car garage and call for the replacement of the existing garage door and the addition of a new brick parapet wall and stone coping above it.

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As city Buildings Department filings indicate, the new owner of the multi-unit residential building plans to convert it into a single-family home. A 1983 certificate of occupancy — the most recent one in online records — says the building is laid out as four apartments plus one duplex.
The new owner, an LLC with Michael Kutsak as manager, bought 149 Clinton St. last year for $4.5 million, city Finance Department and Buildings Department records indicate.

A Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14 about the planned garage and other changes the owner wants to make to the property. A hearing had been set for January but was postponed.

If and when the garage gets built, it will surely be the envy of the neighbors. Most of the neighbors, anyway.

The house on the opposite corner, 151 Clinton St., has a three-car garage.



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