Monday, November 19, 2012

Transformation Of Smith Street's Ugliest Building Into Mini Fortress Almost Complete

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166 Smith Street before and after...
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The existing two-story, windowless brick building at 166 Smith Street in Boerum Hill, which had been owned and utilized by the Metropolitan Transit Authority for years, was certainly ugly. In late 2011, the MTA sold the property for $3,500,000 to an LLC, which lists developers Steven Haskell and Frank Raccuglia as managing members. Shortly afterwards, Haskell and Raccuglia announced their plans for a 'posh mixed-use building'.

They hired Grasso-Menziuso Architects to fully transform the existing structure into a four-story 8 unit residential building with retail on the ground floor.
Construction started in May 2012 and has progressed quickly. The exterior envelope is now mostly completed.

There is no doubt that the resulting building is an improvement over what was there originally, but I can't help but compare it to a small fortress, complete with crenellated parapet and merlons.
What do you think?


***On a related note, it would appear that Ripco, the commercial real estate firm, has already rented part of the retail space to Lululemon Athletica.
Image and info from Ripco web 




11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty ugly, but better than the bunker.

Anonymous said...

Pretty ugly, but better than the bunker.

Anonymous said...

Katia, have you or any of your readers ever looked into the ridiculous, sidewalk hogging, sagging, ugly, dangerous wooden "fence" on the north west corner of Smith and Douglass? Been there for at least 5 years...

Marlon Dayes said...

is there any info on the condos they will be selling? thats what i want information on but i cant seen to find it anywhere

Marlon Dayes said...

is there any info on the condos above? price etc?

neil said...

Granted, this is an improvement, but seriously, how ugly is this new building? Where do people come up with these designs? Is this all the rage in [insert your least favorite backwards country here]? Such a drag, since we in the community are stuck with this while the developers just skip town.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you mean improvement over what was 'there originally'. It wasn't a bad building before they bunkerized it.
And I believe the MTA still has there switching equip on lower level and that is why took so long to figure out how to redevelop above it.
But I think is looking good.
And, yes, when is Douglass st corner going to be developed -- and degraw.?

Anonymous said...

Hideous. Hideous. Hideous.

Anonymous said...

The rotted fence on degraw that illegally blocks the sidewalk and is nearly caved over has been discussed here. Search this blog.

Anonymous said...

Anon #9: The fence that I am talking about is actually on the corner of Douglass and Smith--on the same block as Angry Wades.

Rob said...

When I moved into the neighborhood it was a Rent-A-Center.

I suppose the new building could have been a lot worse though.