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Northeast Design Review Case Report


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Project Information

Northeast Case #  NE 2016-020

Address: 706 E. 185th St
Company: Herschman Architects & NSCDC
Architect: Herschman Architects

Initial plan submission for the proposed renovation of the new NSCDC headquarters.


Committee Actions/Submissions

Date: June 7, 2016
Committee: Staff
Action Type: Initial Plan Submission
Date: June 14, 2016
Committee: Local Design Review Committee
Action Type: Tabled

Voting Members Present

  • A. Lukascy
  • T. Veider
  • B. Chew
  • E. Turner (CH)
  • C. Poh
  • N. Reich
  • P. Brown


The scope of the project was presented by Jonathan Novak of Herschmann Architects.  The subject property is directly across from the old Medic Drug building on E. 185th St.  Northeast Shores will acquire the entire property and lease out the other two retail bays.  No demolition of the structure is currently proposed.  All renovations will be additive.  They are going for a tactile wood look.  They would like to provide a strong sense of entry and arrival points to attract potential retailers and future patrons.


Committee Questions, Comments, Concerns

  • The proposed design seems to be very contemporary and does not respect the neighborhod context.
  • Has the Councilman or community seen these designs?
  • Is there brick under the existing metal panels?
  • Might consider expressing the design as three different buildings, so that the NES offices feature the tactile wood panels.
  • Will the windows be tinted?
  • Consider the location of the existing street trees because they might obscure the tentant signs.
  • The proposed design seems severe and unfriendly.
  • Have you explored any photos or done any research to know what the storefront looked like in 1930?


Camille Maxwell, John Boksanksy, and Joe Barberee fron NES are available to provide additional context and information on inspiration for the design concept.


Motion to table by all voting members present.  Committee suggested revisiting the design to better incorporate the contemporary feel with the existing neighborhood context.  Would like the applicant to return with documentation/photos of original facade as this may provide some inspiration for the design concept.