Workers were busy and the foundation was in place when Brownstoner stopped at 450 Grand Avenue in August. A retail block here for decades, including a busy laundromat and restaurants occupying a 19th-century row, was demolished to make way for a seven-story, 39-unit building.
The development faces the Putnam Triangle plaza. On the corner of Cambridge Place is a quaint but unprotected block of mid-19th century brownstone and timber frame houses, including a Italian quartet with bay facades and Gothic details. On the other side of Fulton, another large development, long stalled, on a former parking lot next to a church in 445 Grand Avenue rises rapidly.
Chana Balkany is one of the owners of 450 Grand Avenue Owners LLC, Building Permit Fair. The official architect is Issac & Stern Architects. The rendering displayed on the construction fence shows a square brick building with recessed balconies.
Renderings by interior designer Durukan Design, whose website says the building will hold 42 condos, show off sleek modern units in pale colors. Materials will include natural stone, fluted millwork and wide plank oak floors. A combined screening room and karaoke lounge will open onto a communal garden, and on the sixth floor will be a lounge and a terrace, according to the firm.
Along with 445 Grand Avenue, the development is a major change for this stretch of Clinton Hill. Until recently, the site was home to the bustling Clean Rite Center laundromat with a large parking lot and a row of townhouses with storefronts housing many neighborhood staples, including French restaurant Hill Cafe. Putnam Triangle Square was created in nearly a decade. As property values increase throughout the borough, modern high and mid-rise development is spilling into Fulton from downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene.
[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]