Board moves toward conditional approval for development at Pavilion

The preview of a new housing plan for the Pavilion Theater and the long shuttered Circle’s Restaurant adjacent to it, opened to mixed reviews last month as developers presented the plans to Community Board 6’s Landmarks and Land Use Committee.

Now, with the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s public hearing on the proposed five-story condo and renovations postponed to August 18, involved community members can gather their thoughts and speak to the “treatment” of the building that lies in a historic Park Slope district, directly across from Prospect Park.

“Our committee reviewed the plan and felt, overall, that there was a lot of care given to the treatment of the Pavilion Theatre building itself, but had some reservations about the treatment of the adjacent building,” said District Manager of CB 6 Craig Hammerman.

Hidrock Properties, a real estate development company, purchased the Pavilion Theatre at 188 Prospect Park West in 2006. Six years later, the company purchased the building next door—formerly Circle’s—expanding the square footage available for development to 33,000 square feet.

While the community board’s Landmarks and Land Use committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full board approve Hidrock’s plans, it outlined certain conditions and changes that members felt needed to be made.

“The committee’s issues were mainly pertaining to the adjacent building,” Hammerman stressed, citing that the committee has been working on “conditional approval” documents to be presented at the August 18 hearing.

The proposed five-story building will house 24 condos and 16 parking spaces, according to plans developed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the architectural firm behind the plan’s design.

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