A developer will dismantle the illegal 40-foot addition atop a 19th-century building on Carroll Street, a project that had become so controversial that it led the city to rezone the neighborhood.
Builder Isaac Fischman of Borough Park told the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association of his decision on Wednesday night, ending a six-year saga over the rooftop extension that neighbors had dubbed “the Hell House.”
“Everyone will get what they want,” Fischman said, adding that he will forge ahead with a plan to convert the soon-to-five-story building between Hoyt and Bond streets into 37 condo units.
Let the celebration begin!
“I’m having a barbecue in my backyard when the steel comes down!” said Chris McVoy, a neighbor of the building who has protested the addition for five years.
Fischman’s decision to trim part of the hulking mass of rooftop steel will likely end the impasse over the $15-million renovation, a saga that mirrored others in neighborhoods that are experiencing gentrification.
In the case of 333 Carroll St., the controversy came to symbolize the vulgar excess of last decade’s development boom.
The structure was the brainchild of controversial architect Robert Scarano, who was hired in 2005 but fired in 2008 after the city stopped work at the site on the grounds that Scarano had falsely claimed that the building was zoned to allow two additional stories.
The project remained in purgatory while residents mobilized. Eventually, they succeeded in having the area rezoned to thwart out-of-scale construction, and the city subsequently ruled that Fischman had not built enough of the building to be grandfathered in under the prior zoning.
Gravesend-based firm NSC Architecture will design the reimagined building.