A New Rendering of the Orchard Hell Building

Posted on: May 17th, 2010 at 6:36 am by

Judging by the new Misrahi Real Estate sign now hanging from the Orchard Hell Building, it seems that, one year later, the strip-mall threats could be back on the table.  The latest rendering boasts a more modest two-story row of retail, hawked as 160,000 square-feet of space plus underground parking.

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Just a few months ago, developer Morris Platt indicated that he was shelving all plans to construct a hotel-slash-residential complex at 180 Orchard Street.  That it would instead be 100% residential with ground-level retail.  The DOB reportedly first approved his plans, but then reneged after some typical political shenanigans.  The operative word now is stalemate.  In the meantime, the quasi-built disaster languishes while the Misrahi folks try to sell a pipe dream to prospective tenants.

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Given all the demolition, head-butting with locals, constant plan changes, and stalling, we’re basically back to square one here.  A single-story row of retail was razed for a towering hotel that never materialized, only to be reduced again to low-rise retail.  And there’s still nothing to show for it but crumbling concrete.  What a disaster.

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