Artist rendering of 'Union Sackett' Condo Building. Image credit courtesy of Alchemy Properties
view from Court Street at the corner of Union Street
Union Street side
from Court Street and Sackett StreetUnion Sackett, the 32 unit condominium development on Court Street between Union and Sackett Streets has steadily progressed all through winter and finally, the 7-story building is getting its façade. Whereas the top floors of this Rogers Marvel-designed building are clad in glass, the lower floors are getting a 'brownstone' treatment. Large dark brown panels are currently being installed on the Union Street side as well as on the Sackett Street side. Just yesterday, the first such panels have gone up on the side facing Court Street.
The treatment is infinitely better than the dark, unappealing façade originally proposed in 2008 by Roger Marvel and The Clarett Group, the first developer of the site.
When Alchemy Properties, the firm which took over the stalled project after Clarett pulled out, members of the community met with Alchemy's President Kenneth Horn to address some concerns, notably to ask that his firm consider an alternate treatment.
At the meeting in June 2011, Horn had agreed that the façade needed to be improved. "The building will not be black" he stated. "It will be significantly lighter."
Though the height of the building certainly is still out of character with the rest of Carroll Gardens, the 'brownstone' treatment is an obvious attempt to make it blend into the surrounding brownstone neighborhood a bit better
The project also includes 11 one to two-family townhouses on both Sackett and Union Street. Below is a rendering of what they will look like when completed.