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Stephen G. Kliegerman

Stephen G. Kliegerman
President of Development Marketing

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Former Soap Factory Now Lofts

45 New Units Retain Industrial-Era Features

Compiled by Linda Collins

A second view of the historic Kirkman Lofts at 37 Bridge St., on the border of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill
Photos courtesy of Halstead Property


DUMBO/VINEGAR HILL — A former soap factory on the edge of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill is being converted into 45 condominiums that are now on the market.

Halstead Property Development Marketing reports it has launched sales at what will be known as the Kirkman Lofts, at 37 Bridge St., between Plymouth and Water streets.

Named after Kirkman & Sons, said to be the country’s leading soap producer in the early 20th century, and constructed in 1915, the building will pay homage to the its history as part of the industrial era, according to Stephen Kliegerman, executive director of Halstead Property Development Marketing. And the building and units will feature many historic industrial-era touches.


“One of these incredible design features is the use of the original steel silos, which now form the entrances to each apartment, creating unique hallways that are unlike any other building in New York City, and are used as design accents throughout,” Kliegerman said.


He added, “Our goal was to preserve the unique industrial touches that give the building a personality all its own.


“By adding contextual finishes to the authentic historic details, we have developed a building that is one-of-a-kind and formed extraordinary spaces that are both contemporary and industrial.”


Other design features that evoke the industrial era include the oversized industrial-inspired windows and reclaimed wood accents that are installed in common areas and throughout the units, as well as the simple brick façade, which blends in with the neighboring buildings.


The 45 units are a mix of studios, one-, two-, three- and even four-bedroom homes, ranging in size from approximately 839 to 2,803 square feet and with prices ranging from $555,000 to $1.6 million. They also are a mix of floor plans, including lofts with sunken living and dining rooms, studios and one bedrooms with large home offices and three four-story townhouse units, which will have private entrances, internal elevators and private roof decks.


The on-site sales office is officially open, according to Kliegerman, who said construction is expected to be completed by late summer.


The developer, identified as 37 Bridge Street LLC, and the conversion designer Robert Scarano Architects, also made an effort to include some Brooklyn-made elements, like kitchens with locally sourced millwork by Avalon Custom Woodworking of Brooklyn, as well as some green elements like energy-smart appliances and dual-flush toilets.


Building amenities include a common roof terrace with Manhattan and bridge views plus some private rooftop terraces available for sale, a second common terrace on the fifth floor, plus a virtual doorman and concierge service, a fitness room, bicycle and private storage rooms, and package and delivery storage.


The designer of the model apartments is Ari Heckman of ASH New York City.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011