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The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday approved Certificates of Appropriateness for development and work on sites in two historic districts in the Downtown area.

The sites are 201 Water Street, which is part of the DUMBO Historic District, and 9 Old Fulton Street, which is part of the Fulton Ferry Historic District.

Designed by Frank H. Quinby and built in 1913, 201 Water Street is a Daylight Factory style factory building, according to the LPC website.

The LPC approved a new storefront and opening on the ground floor of the site, which is owned by Peter Forman.

Doreen Gallo, executive director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, attended the hearings and said she generally agrees with the LPC approvals.

“It’s (201 Water Street) a great space because there’s lots of windows and a beautiful skylight that covers the top of the building,” she said.

Currently 9 Old Fulton Street is a vacant lot. City records list the DUMBO Development Group LLC as the owners.

The LPC approved a four-story building with a one-story penthouse for the site.

Gallo said that architect and Brooklyn Heights Association President Tom Van den Bout represented the owners at the LPC hearing, and the plans for development appeared very reasonable.

“It seemed like a thoughtful consideration of the historic character of the Fulton Ferry Historic District and the street,” said Gallo.

Van de Bout said the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals must also sign off on the project as the site is zoned for manufacturing and it’s going to be residential.

“There’s still a few substantial hurdles to get over before construction begins,” he said.

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