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The Brooklyn Papers has an interesting article on the new condo conversion of the Williamsburg Bank building. For those without subscription, here goes:

Brooklyn’s Ultimate Townhouse Could be Atop Williamsburgh Savings Bank
by Linda Collins (, published
online 07-21-2005

Integration With BAM Cultural District Planned as
Conversion Moves Ahead FORT GREENE — Brooklyn’s ultimate townhouse could be at
the top of the borough’s tallest building, the landmarked Williamsburgh Savings
Bank on Hanson Place in Fort Greene. In its conversion to residential,
developers are looking at converting the top four office floors in the tower —
each about 1,200 square feet — into one single-family home. If there are no
nibbles, however, the alternate plan is to create two duplexes on those floors,
said Andrew MacArthur of the Dermot Company, one of the developers, during a
tour of the nearly empty building on Tuesday.
Floor plans and sketches of
future condo units (“still tentative”) were seen spread out on a large
conference room-size table, indicating that the conversion is moving forward at
a rapid pace.
The Corcoran Group’s Brooklyn Development Division will be handling sales
and marketing for the estimated 200 market-rate condominium units at the
building, to be called One Hanson Place. Other than the four-story townhome, the
units will be a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units with a home
office. They are being designed by Manhattan-based architect H. Thomas O’Hara.
The architectural firm Fox & Fowle has also been retained. The average size
will be 1,150 square feet, said MacArthur, who added that his personal favorites
are the corner units which will have so many windows.

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