The large two-family townhouse at 190 Dean Street sold last year for $1.4 million. The building is currently under renovation, but appears to be staying a two-family residence. However, the lower level former commercial space is being gutted with plans of opening a rustic northern Italian restaurant with a country farm ambiance.
Brownstoner pointed out that at the last community board 2 meeting, the approval of a request for a liquor license at the location was tabled due to a lack of submitted floor plans and paperwork. Brownstoner said that the minutes for the CB2 meeting revealed some concern “that the restaurant would disrupt the atmosphere of the quiet neighborhood, in the heart of the historical district.”
The concern quickly spilled out into the comments section of the Brownstoner post, where residents of Boerum Hill appear to be equally divided on commercial development in the quiet stretch of the neighborhood.
It will be interesting to see how this develops. One commenter pointed out, in order for the space to be used for a bar or restaurant in the R6 zoned neighborhood, “the owner would have to meet the “five findings” listed in Section 72-21 of the Zoning Resolution: unique physical condition, no reasonable possibility of reasonable return, no alteration to the character of the neighborhood, hardship was not self-imposed, and the variance is the minimum to grant relief.”
That certainly doesn’t sound like an easy feat to accomplish. For more information visit the Brownstoner website. The link is below.