Crown Heights Hebron Project Heads Back To Landmarks Board

The controversial Hebron School apartment building will face the board Tuesday, the first time since architects were asked to redesign it.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — A controversial apartment building at the Hebron School campus will head back to the city’s landmarks board this week for the first time since architects were asked to redesign the project.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission — whose approval is needed given the landmarked designation of the Crown Heights site — will hear from developers of 959 Sterling Pl. on Tuesday morning, four months after they told architects to go back to the drawing board on the proposal.

The meeting will likely unveil a new design for the project, which proposes demolishing an addition to the Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School to make room for an apartment building on the open space in back of the campus.

The commission told developers Hope Street Capital in November that they were open to the idea of building something on the Hebron campus, but said the “mega-block” building proposed by architects wasn’t the right way to do so.

Church leaders have said the project is necessary given that $21.5 million included in the agreement with the developers will fund restoration of the Hebron school.

It’s unclear how neighbors who have fervently opposed the project will react to new designs. A petition against the current project has gained nearly 7,000 signatures.

Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. has sent a letter to the landmarks commission asking that any new design head back to the local community board so the neighborhood can weigh in on the updated proposal.

The LPC meeting is slated to start at 9:30 a.m., with the Sterling Place project scheduled for roughly 11:30 a.m. Find a livestream of the meeting here.

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