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Crown Heights Development Draws Strong Opposition

959 Sterling Place – Crown Heights North Historic District. Photo: Caples Jefferson Architects

The Conservancy joined dozens of neighbors, the Community Board, and the local council member at a Landmarks Preservation Commission to speak out against a new development in the Crown Heights North Historic District.


Representatives of the Hebron Seventh Day Adventist Bilingual School proposed a massive building that would loom over a row of historic houses, and block views of the historic school building, a picturesque Romanesque Revival structure built in the late 1800s.  Much of the testimony came from residents of Crown Heights North, who warned against changes to the campus of the neighborhood’s “crown jewel.”

Landmarks Preservation Commission Presentation

The Conservancy’s statement called out the proposed structure as being out-of-scale for this community and in a design that clashes with the remarkable architecture of Crown Heights.  The Commission deferred its discussion and vote for a future date.

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

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