Fourth Avenue on the rise

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‘L’ of a building

New renderings for a 12-story condo tower planned for the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street on the Gowanus end of Park Slope show what happens when a developer wants to build on a lot he doesn’t fully own. When completed next year, the L-shaped tower, at 410 Fourth Ave., will cast a shadow over the four-story building in its lap, a historic property that the developer couldn’t buy. “In some way, the shadows are OK,” said architect Marvin Meltzer. “They cool things off.”


Here’s a sneak peak at a new building set to rise at 255 First St., just off Fourth Avenue. Thanks to a quirk in the zoning, the structure is a bit of a hybrid, rising to 120 feet on the western side, because that part was included in the recent Fourth Avenue upzoning, while only 50 feet on the other side, which was just outside the upzoned area. “We had to get creative to play by the rules,” explained architect Steven Kratchman. How the neighborhood will receive his creativity will be determined after the building is completed next year.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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