The 337 DeGraw Street site in 2010337 DeGraw Street has been stalled for quite a few years now and many in Carroll Gardens have wondered when it would be completed. Nicknamed the 'styrofoam' building because of the Insulating Concrete Forms used in its construction, construction halted at the site years ago.
A one-story garage once stood on this spot, but it was demolished to make way for a 40 feet high, 4 story, 4 unit townhouse. Permits were first approved by the NYC Department of Buildings in 2009.
However, construction fences were only erected in 2011 and when the actual construction actually began, it moved forward slowly. Along the way, the site collected several stop-work orders and violations. Construction stopped altogether a few years ago.
Now, it would appear that the residential building will be completed after all. Just recently, a brand new rendering has been attached to the construction fence. A quick check on the DoB website shows that the violations have been resolved and the latest full stop work order , issued in 2014, was lifted at the beginning of August 2015.
The original 2009 construction permits have also been re-issued this past month. The application shows the same owner as before, but the contractor is now Leeco Construction Corporation of Brooklyn.
According to Wikipedia, the insulating Concrete Forms used for this construction is "a system of formwork for reinforced concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs."
This construction system has not been widely used in Carroll Gardens or Brooklyn.
Interestingly, the original house at #337 DeGraw was once the home of John Dwyer "a rough, well known to police" who murdered someone with a billiard cue in a bar on Atlantic Avenue in 1880. Read more about it in this 1880's article from the New York Times Archive.
What do you think about the new building? Glad to see construction move forward?