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Builders are demolishing two Montague Street properties, setting the stage for a residential development that could give new meaning to the phrase “Brooklyn Heights.”

Bonjour Capital will raze the former pub Eamonn’s and a shuttered Hallmark Store between Clinton and Court streets to form a single parcel with a large footprint that’s perfect for skyscraping construction.

There are no building plans on the books yet, but last year the company proposed a 19-story, 66-unit structure on the plot.

The Department of Buildings rejected that initial 185-foot design.

Any new development on the site could be big — the lot narrowly misses the restrictive regulations of the Brooklyn Heights historic district, instead enjoying the builder-friendly zoning of the Downtown Brooklyn special district, which encourages tall structures with ground-floor retail.

Manhattan-based Daniel Goldner Architects, which designed the now-rejected condo plan, did not return calls.

Nor did Bonjour Capital. The group has been keeping mum on its plans — even the watchful members of the Brooklyn Heights Association haven’t been given information about the development, according Judy Stanton, the group’s executive director.

Whatever happens, some neighbors aren’t too pleased: someone scrawled “No More Condos” on a piece of wood near the site’s scaffolding.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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Bill from Bklyn Hts says:
And the Brooklyn Hts Library is supposed to be sold to build...a luxury condo tower! Gee, what a surprise! Where's the almighty Brooklyn Heights Association in the face of these attacks? Any of the Judy's want to speak out? I hear you're supporting the library nonsense!
March 19, 2013, 9:15 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Putting dense housing for rich people in a place with existing rich people and a lot of transit? Heaven forbid!
March 19, 2013, 9:45 am
Justine Swartz from Brooklyn Heights says:
Shocker! Brooklyn Heights Assn. Supports Cadman Plaza Library Sale. THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED! They stabbed our community in the Heart.
March 19, 2013, 1:53 pm
Henry Pineapple from BK Heights says:
Thank you, Justine. And you know as well I WHY they support the library sale, as many patrons of that branch are the wrong complexion (save their once and future paid-off-the-books West Indian nannies).
March 19, 2013, 11:57 pm

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