The last meeting of the Board of Architectural Review chaired by Maggie Stern included discussions about the design of the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue and several private home renovations and the final review of the design for the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue.
An architect from Perkins Eastman presented a revised design of the new retail building at 1 Palmer Avenue. At a previous meeting the BAR had asked the architect to create a design with a more historical look to relate to the rest of the neighborhood. The architect returned to the meeting with a rendering of an enlarged window above the entrance and the addition of half timbers on the façade to mimic the Tudor style buildings at the Five Corners.
However, after some discussion, it was decided that the timbers detracted from the design and the BAR moved to approve the building without them. It should also be noted that main entrance to the building is now facing the current Balducci’s parking lot. Since the entry and exit to the lot will be via Secor Road, the new tenants requested that the entrance be moved adjacent to the parking lot, rather than at the intersection of Heathcote and Palmer Roads as originally planned.
Though the name of the tenant was not revealed, it was reported that the tenant would rent the entire space, which is 11,000 square feet.
Also on the agenda was the design for a home on the existing foundation at 50 Ogden Road. The current home is a ranch that sits on the last parcel of Ogden Road before it slopes down to the high school. Plans call for the demolition of the ranch and the construction of a large Tudor style home in its place. In response to requests from the BAR and neighbors, the house will have a slate roof, copper gutters and half timbers to mimic the Tudor homes on the street. The BAR suggested adding tiles to the chimney as well.
A neighbor, Karen Zachem, attended the hearing and voiced her concern about the proposed building materials and lack of trees to screen the house. She called the house a “faux Tudor” and feared that the new house would “change the whole feel of the neighborhood.” The BAR chairman said that the builders are making a “substantial investment in materials” and that the design now looks “authentic.” The BAR approved the revised plans.
In other real estate news, here are two homes that recently changed hands – one to be demolished:
26 Innes Road: New Colonial style Heathcote home to be built on level property. 4,759 square feet including seven bedrooms, five and a half baths. High ceilings, custom finishes, lovely moldings. Available for pre-construction purchase with personal customization. Work with highly respected local builder known for quality construction and exceptional finishes. Developer available for one-on-one attention to detail throughout building process and beyond
List Price: $2,590,000
Sale Price: $2,375,000
Real Estate Taxes: n/a
Here is a picture of the home currently on the lot at 26 Innes Road:
24 Richbell Road: This white stucco home built in 1926 was recently approved for demolition by the Committee for Historic Preservation. Here is a description of the home as it was:
Quality built 1926 home located on almost two acres in the heart of Murray Hill with inground swimming pool and three patios. This home has a wonderful layout, gracious sized rooms, 8 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Entrance Foyer is front to back with double dutch doors, sunken living room with fireplace, library with floor to ceiling bookshelves.
List Price: $3,995,000
Sale Price: $3,625,000
Real Estate Taxes: $61,528
71 Griffen Avenue: Seven Acres in Quaker Ridge: Rare opportunity to purchase 7 plus acres of natural serenity and privacy. Exceptional views of pond and pool from mid-century modern home with walls of glass to outdoors. Landscaping includes bridge over the Sheldrake River. No subdivision. A new residence can be built. Deed restrictions apply. Flood zone. Land in Towns of Mamaroneck and Scarsdale.
List Price: $2,395,000
Sale Price: $2,395,000 (Conditional Contract)
Real Estate Taxes: $114,729
This listing provided by Rebecca F. Spitzer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 914-723-3340