New Life for an Old Brownstone
By Linda Miller
Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is renovating an 1853 four-story brownstone that has been vacant and boarded up for the past 15 years. Located at 222 East 13th Street in the East Village, the building will undergo a gut renovation, and a small new section will be added in the rear giving the project of total of 6,000 square feet. The addition allows for a three-bedroom, two-bath apartment to be created on each of the upper three floors that will provide transitional housing for 18 homeless LGBT teens and young adults. The ground floor of what will be called the Bea Arthur Residence will house an office for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), an organization serving LGBT youth, a counseling space, a laundry room, and a multi-purpose community room with kitchenette. The brownstone façade and metal cornice will be repaired and restored with respect for period details. By removing the existing stoop, the main entry will be more open and accessible at the ground-floor level, and the former entry door will be converted into a window in a 2nd-floor front bedroom. AFC is collaborating with the Cooper Square Committee, an organization that works to preserve and develop affordable and environmentally healthy housing and community spaces on the Lower East Side.
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