Work Begins at Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Condos

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 at 6:09 am by

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255 Bowery is presently in the ER, ready for the proverbial scalpel. Pre-op DOB permits are on file.

During daytime hours, the garage door is open, with contractors milling about assessing the situation. The abandoned interior all but begs for photos. Ghost signage reminds the neighborhood that the Cannon Co. restaurant supplier once operated here, before moving two doors north, and eventually out to the pastures of Brooklyn.

It was seven months ago that we first learned about the condo conversion of 255 Bowery. Developer Shaky Cohen purchased the property for $5.5 million and commissioned Hot Karl Fischer to design the project. Since the parcel was initially zoned commercial, a zoning change to residential was required for condo conversion. The application was granted this past fall.

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Documents housed in the DOB database reveal that the current four-story building will gain three levels, and reach a height of roughly seventy feet. Street wall is sixty feet with a ten-foot setback. Commercial space will occupy the first and second floor, with the remaining real estate earmarked for condos. The diagram included below illustrates separate residential and commercial rear yards.

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Plus, it appears triangular dormers will make an appearance. Ergo, that lovely cornice probably won’t last.

Official renderings with the requisite “scalies” are not yet available…

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