Franklin Lofts

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Franklin Lofts

945 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

size: 96,024 SF

type: Artist Loft Co-op

Franklin IsometricIn 2005 the non-profit developer Artopolis, in partnership with Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), purchased this site containing five interconnected industrial buildings with two single homes from the 1800’s. ¬†The buildings, which were used most¬†recently as warehousing and manufacturing facilities, are originally thought to have¬†been part of the circa-1900 Nassau Brewery complex, and later during WWII the site of a Tank and/or armored car assembly complex. ¬†The existing buildings vary from two to six stories in height. ¬†The design was to increase a number of the smaller buildings to four stories in height, with an interior courtyard. ¬†The expanded building of 96,024 SF would house¬†80 live/work artist units, with ownership in an affordable co-operative structure. ¬†While the site faces¬†Franklin Avenue between¬†Bergen and Dean Streets in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, NY, the primary entrance is at 945 Bergen Street. ¬†Glenn Erikson was one of three¬†Board Members of Artopolis responsible for acquisition, design and financing the project