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Support at Landmarks hearing for preserving Brooklyn Edison building

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION Commission held a hearing last week on the potential landmarking of Downtown Brooklyn’s historic Brooklyn Edison building, a 1920s Renaissance Revival tower across Adams Street from Borough Hall that now holds government offices and retail spaces, reports Brownstoner. The building is currently jointly owned by the city and the firm Muss Development, which purchased the lower two floors in 2008. Muss representative Jeffrey Kay spoke at the hearing, stating that the company had voluntarily refurbished the building’s grand but crumbling facade and urging the LPC to consider the importance of the building’s new retail spaces to the area, as did Regina Myer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The Historic Districts Council’s Lucy Levine expressed full support for the landmarking of the building.

Local groups, with the support of Councilmember Lincoln Restler, have pushed for the building’s preservation; the building was constructed for the Brooklyn Edison Company and, at the time, was technologically advanced, featuring brand-new electric and telephone systems, as well as its elaborate sculptural arches and mosaics.

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