Orchard Hell Building Gets Glass!

Posted on: August 13th, 2010 at 6:33 am by

As of today, the Orchard Street Hell Building, is in a new phase of existence.  It now boasts some reflective flare.  One word, folks. Glass.

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Within the last couple days, a series of new windows were installed on the second level, adding a whole new dimension to the rotted concrete complex. We definitely did a double-take while passing by.  Meanwhile, this might be the first real outward sign that construction is back on the table, at least for the two stories already built.

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The new glass is the latest in a string of visible actions here at 180 Orchard Street.  Jobsite activity has definitely increased in the last few months.  First it was a bit of spring cleaning back in May, when a team of workers emptied the remaining junk on the ground floor into streetside dumpsters.  Then, a number of readers informed us that clipboard jockeys have been pacing the premises with increased frequency. And most recently, those threats of a strip mall were revived by a Misrahi Realty leasing sign. Now it might actually be happening.

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Looking back, though, things haven’t gone so well for 180 Orchard since plans debuted six years ago.  The initial concept was to have a 24-story hotel-apartment combo, but that idea fizzled.  Developer Morris Platt then decided he would instead make the building 100% residential, but that too hit the quagmire.  Honestly, it will be a miracle if anything opens here within the next few years.  Now please excuse us while we pop some Advil!

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