The project is a major transformation of the Brooklyn Municipal Building at the corner of Court Street and Joralemon Street. The corner, formerly an inward-looking City owned office building, is now a vibrant commercial location housing Sephora, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Soulcycle, Yogaworks, Maison Kayser, and It’s Sugar. The renovation and alteration of two cellar levels, ground and second floors included new entrances, display windows, and signage, plus cleaning and restoration of the stone building base.
The genesis of the project was an RFP put forth from NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The City was looking to sell as a condominium unit a portion of its building for the purpose of invigorating a dead-zone portion of Court Street where the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood meets Downtown Brooklyn by creating a continuous pedestrian shopping and dining experience. UAL was selected by EDC based on UAL’s experience with developing popular retail properties. What followed was a successful collaboration with EDC serving as a liaison to the various City agencies whose approval and cooperation were needed to make the project a reality and get it built such as the Department of Buildings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services who manages the City’s portfolio of properties.