A luxury apartment building is coming to Brooklyn’s high-rise district

The new luxury residential building at 200 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights, center. Photo Google Maps

Long-awaited luxury rental and retail building at 200 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights is now starting to lease, co-developers say Aurora Capital Associates and Downtown Actions.

The building is designed by an international architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Plannersand its design “pays homage to the area’s historic architecture with its vertical, dark, rhythmic facade, featuring a polished black granite base, streamlined pillars, bronze-toned metal detailing, and toned window frames. charcoal grey,” according to a company statement.

Richard Metsky, partner at Beyer Blinder Belle, said:200 MontagueThe striking vertical silhouette of is a contemporary interpretation of the early 20th century architecture of Brooklyn’s historic high-rise district and contributes to the urban fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.

The Skyscraper District, centered around Court Street between Livingston and Montague Streets, includes 21 historic structures, mostly office buildings. Among the best known are 26, 32 and 44 Court St., and the tallest of these is slightly over 30 stories high.

Leasing of the new 20-story building, which contains 121 apartments, is managed by MNS, a Williamsburg-based company.

The building replaced a historic modernist low-rise building whose facade was renovated several times during its history. The building looked a bit mundane, but it had its fans.

The former 200 Montague St., according to an article published in the Eagle in 2019, was built in 1959-60 to house the former Lafayette National Bank of Brooklyn. It was originally two stories high and had a driveway on one side of the building so customers could do drive-thru banking.

Later, two more stories were added. In 2006, then-owner HSBC Bank built a new curtain wall around the exterior.

During the 2019 hearings, some local residents and conservationists opposed the demolition of the building.

Christabel Gough of the Society for the Architecture of the City said it “brings a historically significant dose of modernism to a neighborhood full of old-fashioned office towers”. And Jesse Denno of the Council of Historic Districts said, “This building is a testament to the commercial development of the neighborhood in the years of post-war urban renewal.”

However, this was clearly the opinion of the minority. Community Board 2’s first Land Use Committee and then the Board’s Executive Committee expressed unanimous support for Midtown Equities’ plan to replace the old building. After revisions to the original Midtown Equities design, the Landmarks Preservation Commission also approved the plan.

The old low-rise building at 200 Montague St., seen in 2019. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

Amenities offered in the new building include a landscaped outdoor rooftop terrace, private rear terraces, a fitness center with yoga rooms, residential lounge space, a children’s playroom, storage private and bike storage, shared laundry and more.

In addition to the amenities at 200 Montague, residents will have easy access to the building’s 7,000 square foot commercial offering.

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