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Angel Guardian developer reveals plans for home

May 2, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Angel Guardian home. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Although a confidentiality agreement blocked the buyer of the historic Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights from revealing his plans, the developer has decided to speak out, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Developer Scott Barone plans to build a combination of market-rate condos, affordable housing, senior housing and a senior center on the site, the Brooklyn Paper says. He also says he wants to preserve the century-old main building, which local residents have been seeking to preserve. The Sisters of Mercy used the home as an orphanage at one time, and some of the former orphans who were adopted out of the home have spoken at rallies to preserve the building. Barone said he expects to close the deal for the property — which is bounded by 63rd and 64th streets and 12th and 13th avenues — within two or three months. He also pledged to offer the Narrows Seniors Center, which is scheduled to be ousted, a long-term lease when the new buildings are completed.

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