North Adams Planner will get apartment plans for Porter Block / iBerkshires.com
Three apartments with the same floor plan would be built on the second and third floors. Plans by Barry Berg Architect of New York City.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Developer Veselko Buntic envisions transforming the tower and the porter block into eight apartments with two storefronts on the main level and two bedrooms on the upper floor with a penthouse view.
Buntic’s plans for the 125-year-old structure will be presented to the planning committee on Monday.
The Long Island City, NY investor had come under fire from parishioners for the slow pace of work in the North Adams buildings it had bought over the past five years. Buntic also owns the Dowlin Block on Main Street and has made an offer for the Mohawk Theater.
He said at the city council meeting last week that a number of issues had slowed his plans, including his partners in the two buildings. He said he now owns both lots vacant and vacant and is ready to start work.
Three years ago he and then partner Michael Gazal had received approval for a boutique hotel in the Porter Block. While some work has been done to stabilize the building inside, not much has changed in the past two years. Buntic said he now plans to develop the much larger and more accessible Dowlin Block as a hotel and convert the long-vacant Porter building into apartments.
According to the plans submitted to the planning commission, the building is to comprise three apartments on the second and third levels. Two will be two bedroom units and the third will be a bedroom. The two-bedroom will be just over 1,000 square meters and the one-bedroom 761 square meters. The larger units will both have two full bathrooms.
Two apartments on the fourth floor, each with a master suite, will be extended upwards on a fifth level. These larger apartments are said to be 1,300 and 1,500 square meters, with the masters nearly 600 square meters for the smaller apartment and 565 square meters for the larger apartment.
The apartments on the fourth floor have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a third room that can be an office or bedroom. Access to the master suites is via a spiral staircase. Both will have large bathrooms, a sauna, walk-in closets and views of the city.
Access to all but the fifth floor is via a shared staircase on the North Church Street side of the building.
The plans were made by Barry Berg Architect of Brooklyn, NY, the same company that made the plans for the hotel in the building.
âThe brick facade of the building will be re-grouted and the windows will be replaced by insulated elements in the same characteristic blue color. The cornice is also being restored and painted blue to match, âwrites Berg in the application. “The apartments will have individually regulated heating and air conditioning and all electrical services
as well as all sanitary installations will be replaced. Infrastructure. Accessibility, energy efficiency and sustainability regulations are implemented in accordance with state and local requirements. “
The four-story brick building at 34-36 Eagle St. has been empty for years. It was purchased in 2014 by a New Yorker who was unable to achieve her vision of the building. Gazal and Buntic bought the property in November 2016 for $ 60,000. Six months later they bought the Dowlin Block on Main Street.
The city has rated the lot the building is on as more valuable than the building: $ 71,900 for the lot and $ 20,900 for the building – nearly $ 1,000 less than in 2018. The block covers currently 11 units with nine rooms and four bedrooms. Buntic said he has so far invested about $ 120,000 to $ 140,000 in stabilization, demolition, and asbestos removal. Much of the interior has been removed.
The Tower & Porter Block takes its name from the two plumbers who built it, according to local historian Paul W. Marino, who noted their faded advertising can still be seen on the south wall of the building.
When the building was sold in 2014, Marino said it was notable for its architecture and the dome on the east side. The fire escape of the building on Church Street, with its ring stars on each step and a counterweight running through a wooden shaft, is one of the few surviving in town.
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