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Development Notebook: 340 Dean Street–A Scarano That Should Blend

December 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

So, here’s a heartwarming little holiday scene from Dean Street in Boerum Hill on a block between Fourtrh and Third Avenue that is made of mostly of wood frame homes. Some are rundown, but some have been lovingly renovated, showing what an architectural gem the block could be. The houses on the left in red and in blue are examples of what could be. The blue one looks especially nice right now with its decorated tree. The building under construction on the right is an example of the new Dean Street. It’s 340 Dean and when we went looking it turned out the architect is none other than the King of Brooklyn Architects Robert Scarano. The building will be a four-story structure (according to DOB paperwork), but will be 59 feet tall (which is more like a six-story building) with 8 apartments. We’d have a rendering, but almost all have been removed from the Scarano website. It appears to be replacing an old wood frame house that, to judge by the number of complaints to DOB, had been in pretty bad shape. We had another example of a, uh, contextual new building on this block on Monday.

Tags: Boerum Hill

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ccgh // Dec 10, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Classic Scarano 59″ high (max he can do under the zoning if he max’s out the FAR) with 8 units. All over South Brooklyn. It will not “blend” and with his current desning trends, will be a cheap looking POS. My very biased 2-cents.

    So much for the “downfall.” I tend to not wish ill-will on anyone…I make an exception here.

  • 2 ff // Dec 10, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    340 Dean St. is the location where Willie Sutton, who robbed banks because “that’s where the money is,” was hiding out when he was captured for the last time. The man who turned him in was killed a couple of weeks later.