By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
DUMBO — Proposed changes to the exterior of the future home of the acclaimed entertainment venue St. Ann’s Warehouse will be presented at a meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday, April 24. LPC approval is required because the new location, at 29 Jay St., corner of Plymouth Street, is within the DUMBO Historic District.
According to the LPC agenda, the application is “to alter the facade and install signage and lighting” at the brick warehouse building.
The item will also be presented to the Community Board 2 Land Use Committee on Wednesday, April 18.
A check of Department of Buildings (DOB) records reveals a permit application for the proposed changes dated April 10 (referred to a DOB plan examiner), filed by architect Fred Bland of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners.
The L Magazine, based in DUMBO, reported that St. Ann’s will move after its current season ends in May, a move prompted by the future demolition of its current location at 38 Water St. to make way for a condominium/school development by Two Trees Management Co. and its principals David and Jed Walentas.
The magazine noted that 29 Jay, a 19,000-square-foot building with a huge open plan and ceilings higher than those at 38 Water “is ideal for St. Ann’s eclectic programming, which requires open, flexible, column-free space that can be artistically reconfigured.”
Susan Feldman, artistic director at St. Ann’s, who could not be reached by the Eagle in time for this edition, earlier sent the following statement: “We are deeply grateful to Two Trees and the Walentas family for a wonderful life at 38 Water and look forward to working with our new landlords, Forman Realty Management. If you love our current space, you will love the new one. We can’t wait to see you there next season.”
Calling it “the less postcard-y side of DUMBO,” The L Magazine noted that the new St. Ann’s site will bring more than 50,000 visitors per year to the eastern edge of the neighborhood.