6-Story Condo Building Likely for 194 Orchard Street

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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As if upper Orchard Street hasn’t suffered enough from years of gentrification at the hands of a wrecking ball, more is most certainly on the way. And not too far from the notorious Hell Building, in fact.

When the Leather Gallery of New York relocated its jacket shop two doors south, it left behind a sizable commercial footprint for the taking. That’s assuming a business would want to…which doesn’t seem to be the case, after all. The sight of rat poison signs in the windows of late is enough to raise red flags, since this is usually the first clue of future demolition practices. Sure as shit, a new building is presently in the works for 194 Orchard.

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The initial application calls for a brand new six-story mixed-use building, including total floor area of 9,225 square-feet (2,288 commercial, 6,937 residential). Digging into the DOB database, it appears condos are on the way; floors two through six will each reportedly have one “Class A” apartment, with ground-level retail. However, this proposal was ultimately disapproved by the DOB at the end of February.

Despite the initial setback, though, reinvigorated efforts by the developers to make this happen are already underway. Hence the recently-filed Developer’s Pavement Plan for the property, in addition to the aforementioned poison warnings. The new architecture will also require a zoning update since the tax lot is marked for commercial use only. That application is also pending.

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Demolition permits are still on the horizon.

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