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The city has signed off on the conceptual design of an upscale wine bar and a mixed-use residential project, both in Brooklyn, on Thursday.
Dedalus Wine Bar will be located at 825 Dora St. in the former home of Liddy’s Machine Shop, a building built in 1954. The Burlington, Vermont-based wine shop operates four Vermont stores and one in Boulder, Colorado.
The proposed development calls for 7,000 square feet of the 10,000-square-foot space to be occupied by a wine store, wine bar and cheese/charcuterie market.
The remaining 3,000 square feet will be divided into tenant spaces, and exterior areas will be redeveloped for outdoor dining, lawn space, and accessory parking, according to city documents.
The developer expects a six-month build-out after final approval.
Staff recommended approval with conditions that the developer meet with staff to identify any deviations sought, review facade materials and work with the city to identify solutions for the pedestrian zone around the site.
Lay|Duckworth Construction is the contractor, Lowe Structures is the engineer and Thomas Duke Architect is the architect.
Board members asked about the elevation of the western side of the building and available daylight in the structure.
“We simply like the idea of having an enlightened outdoor space, not only to serve the wine bar, but to convert that outbuilding into a pavilion that will offer a different kind of food venue probably more oriented toward grilling with a wine complement,” Dedalus owner Larry Williams said. “So it’s just another experience on the property that is separate from what we can offer inside.”
Located a block or so north of the wine shop, the mixed-use project Block 9 was passed unanimously by board members. The seven-story project will include residential units, “live-work” lofts and ground floor retail space.
The site occupies six parcels between Jackson, Stonewall, Chelsea and Park streets. City staff supported the project and asked for solutions to improve public space along Jackson and Park streets, coordinate with staff regarding the Park Street lane elimination project and provide planned uses, unit count, square footage related to the project.
Cyndi Trimmer, on behalf of applicant Trevato Development Group, gave an overview of the development’s impact on pedestrians.
“We really made the whole of this building transparent and active so that all of those key corridors have engagement with pedestrians at all levels,” Trimmer said.
Board member William Schilling asked about the vision for Stonewall Street, which will have some coworking space though the retail use will mostly be on Park Street.
“Our belief is that with the change in work structure that there is an incredible hole in that market for that type of product, it will still bring activity to that street frontage, but the priamry retial use will be on Park Street,” Trimmer said.
Dynamik Designs is the architect and England-Thims & Miller is the landscape architect and engineer.