Orchard Hell Building Update: Windows Gone, Plenty of Sawing

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 at 6:18 am by
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180 Orchard Street. The notorious Orchard Hell Building, and soon-to-be Hotel Indigo. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…headaches. This six-years-in-the-making construction project has been a nightmarish experience for neighbors along this pockmarked stretch of pavement. Our last checkup revealed some new leasing signage above the entrance seeking high-end retail clientele for the eventual ground-level space. That was back in July. Earlier this week, however, work began anew. Yet again.

Curbside dumpsters were onsite for a hot minute earlier in the fall, keeping the mini bulldozers company during the ongoing interior work. But the equipment was whisked away just as quickly. Then, yesterday, the ear-shattering sound of grinding saws echoed through the streets. Apparently some preliminary piping installed however long ago is being disabled. Windows are gone also, exposing the interior to open air for the first time in years.

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The latest renderings show another skyline-defining tower that will perpetually place upper Orchard in the shadows. Isaac Stern Architects is behind the twenty-plus-story building, which is currently slated for a 2014 opening.

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[Photo: Brack Capital]This Hotel Indigo joint venture between Brack Capital and IHG was lauded in the tradeslast spring:

Known for its creative energy and tight-knit, neighborhood feel, the Lower East Side is a top-rated destination highly regarded for its innovative dining, unique boutiques, diverse entertainment, cutting-edge artistic community, relaxing parks and historic sites. Tight-knit neighborhood feel that these hotels are shitting on.

Welcome to the Orchard Canyon, folks. Enjoy your stay.

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