April 17th, 2012
The conversion process at 30 Washington Street (between Water and Plymouth Streets) to renovate the building into a residential property started over the weekend. The scaffolding has been installed and interior has been cleared for renovation. The change of use from commercial to residential began when Two Trees Management notified the League Treatment Center, that they would need to relocate in 2009. The League Treatment Center (as featured on DumboNYC) serves 100 preschool children and 150 adults (they’ve since found a new home at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue which will server over 300 children and adults). The Dumbo Arts Center was also located at 30 Washington Street until they moved to their current location in Dumbo at 111 Front Street, Suite 212.
According to the job filing on the NYC Department of Buildings website, “Change of use to convert existing building from commercial to residential. relocating floor area to create addition of 7th floor. general construction and partial demolitition throughout.”
The building, also known as 26-38 Washington Street (northwest corner Water Street; 113-119 Water Street) is one of the most attractive buildings in Dumbo, in our opinion. There are 6 stories plus a basement, and has plans for an additional story. The building, an American Round Arch style, was built in 1887 by architect Benjamin Finkensieper, and originally owned by Robert Gair. (See pages 122-125 of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for details.) A NY Times article reference states the conversion will be for 100 rental apartments.