Developer Serge Hoyda Files Permits to Construct 6-Story Building on Children’s Magical Garden

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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In case you missed this during the holiday week…

Developer Serge Hoyda is proceeding with plans to construct residential living on one-third of the Children’s Magical Garden. Permits were filed with the Department of Buildings in mid-November for a six-story (70 feet) structure at the address 157 Norfolk Street. The completed project will apparently sport over 7,000 square-feet of residential space. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects was the firm tasked with designing the new development; they’re no stranger to these parts, having also dreamed up 154 Attorney Street.

The plan examiner must still stamp its seal of approval, though.

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There were reportedly discussions about a possible land swap that would allow a contiguous Children’s Magical Garden, in exchange for Hoyda accepting a different city-owned parcel somewhere nearby. It appears those backroom discussions were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the two remaining CMG parcels became permanent garden land over the summer with the blessing of the city. With expensive living rising next door, it’s conceivable that this simply becomes a pseudo-private garden for the future tenants. A perfect broker selling point.

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