Looking at the Rehabilitated 285-289 Grand Street

Posted on: February 14th, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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Nearly three years of literally living as a shell of its former self, 289 Grand Street is finally on the last leg of its proverbial road to recovery. The hulking corner building at Eldridge Street suffered rather considerably due to the swift-moving fire sparked in the adjacent property back in April 2010, and has since remained dormant.

That fateful spring night, two tenements burned to the ground, leaving one 87-year-old gentleman dead, injuring 33, and displacing 200 tenants. What remained in the aftermath was pretty much a charred corpse. During this interim period, lawsuits between tenants and owners abounded. Ownership claimed that repairing the building “would completely overwhelm any possible income that the building could generate,” and pushed for total demolition. That option was denied by the courts last year, who ordered the full restoration of all apartments by March 1, 2013. Seems like it’s on track. Sorta.

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Full rehabilitation began last July with the clenched fist of ironwork and netting around the structure. Seven months later, the construction materials are gone, leaving a facade that no longer boasts boarded-windows and charred masonry. Occupancy should happen beginning later this spring.

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Meanwhile, the fallen tenements at 285-287 Grand have since been replaced by a three-story glass box that channels those antiseptic Office Space aesthetics. Force-fed into a block full with its share of historic pre-war brick buildings. Signs hanging onsite indicate that both levels are ready to rent.

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Our favorite addition here, though, is this hardware store “Beware of the Dog” sign. As if this site was some sort of rural junkyard. Chopper, sick balls…

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