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    Default Sag Harbor - Watchcase Factory Redevelopment - Beyer Blinder Belle

    NY Times: Restoring a Sag Harbor Eyesore

    "SAG HARBOR From what will be the rooftop terrace of a penthouse at the transformed Bulova Watchcase factory here, the sweeping views of church steeples, Main Street shops, Peconic Bay and the port of this historic maritime village resemble a William Merritt Chase landscape painting. The vistas are the crowning glory of the long-awaited $40 million restoration and retrofit of the 1881 factory into a 64-unit luxury condominium complex.

    The project, built by Cape Advisors, a developer based in Manhattan, was designed by the architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. With its high-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls, it is something of an anomaly in this Hamptons community dominated by single-family homes.

    The factory sat vacant as an eyesore near the heart of Sag Harbor for years. Construction on the condos, which will include lofts, town houses and bungalows, began in the fall 2011 and is expected to be completed next winter. The first model apartment, a $3.39 million two-bedroom penthouse, opens this weekend. James Lansill, a senior managing director of the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, said that 880 potential buyers already fill a five-year-old waiting list."

    Rendering of Factory Building:

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    Wow. C'est fantastique!

    Beyer Blinder Belle does beautiful work, and the renderings of this look gorgeous. Wish we had more of their work - and less of Kaufman & Co. - in Manhattan.

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    Touring Sag Harbor's Watchcase Site

    "Every bit of the old factory building that could be saved has been incorporated as much as possible into the apartments. For example, all the ceiling beams that were still serviceable have been retained, while new replacements are as close as possible to the old ones; many came from unused train trestles in the South, for example. (The ceiling beams were cleaned by being blasted with walnut shells. This is less stressful to the wood than sandblasting.) The old bricks were cleaned—over 30,000 of them—and those that couldn't be reused were replaced by carefully selected new ones incorporated seamlessly. We love that an old wooden water tank located on a tower of the factory building has been recreated as a cupola for lucky residents.

    Because the factory made watch cases out of precious metals, it has some unique qualities, such as an abundance of windows. (Workers creating delicate watch cases need a lot of natural light.) Another legacy of the factory are secure storerooms for precious metals made of huge blocks of solid granite. These have been incorporated into the apartments in various ways, as kitchens or bathrooms in some. Yet the building incorporates 21st century technology: for example, the floors were raised so that mechanical systems like radiant heat could be run underneath."

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