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Destruction, then construction on Montague - Brooklyn Paper

Destruction, then construction on Montague

Builders are demolishing two Montague Street properties, setting the stage for a residential development that could give new meaning to the phrase “Brooklyn Heights.”

Bonjour Capital will raze the former pub Eamonn’s and a shuttered Hallmark Store between Clinton and Court streets to form a single parcel with a large footprint that’s perfect for skyscraping construction.

There are no building plans on the books yet, but last year the company proposed a 19-story, 66-unit structure on the plot.

The Department of Buildings rejected that initial 185-foot design.

Any new development on the site could be big — the lot narrowly misses the restrictive regulations of the Brooklyn Heights historic district, instead enjoying the builder-friendly zoning of the Downtown Brooklyn special district, which encourages tall structures with ground-floor retail.

Manhattan-based Daniel Goldner Architects, which designed the now-rejected condo plan, did not return calls.

Nor did Bonjour Capital. The group has been keeping mum on its plans — even the watchful members of the Brooklyn Heights Association haven’t been given information about the development, according Judy Stanton, the group’s executive director.

Whatever happens, some neighbors aren’t too pleased: someone scrawled “No More Condos” on a piece of wood near the site’s scaffolding.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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