Revisiting the Stalled Project Site at 265 East Houston

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 at 6:10 am by
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Mandatory DOB poster rendering, freshly-painted plywood, and a contractor bilging water from deep within the project site. These are all surefire signs pointing to a resumption of construction activities at the southwest corner of Houston and Suffolk Street. For those who don’t recall, this future ten-story development is already more than three years in the making.

Ever since April 2010, the residential development has been plagued with issues stemming from developer negligence. First and foremost was the foundation work at 265 East Houston (aka 179 Suffolk) that terminally destabilized the adjacent building (#255). A stop-work order was issued, then partially rescinded; however, the damage was already done. Action for Progress was subsequently forced to vacate the premises. Forever. (Ironic that the facade carries the tag “Evict”)

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Then all went silent … for three years.

Now, in revisiting permits on file with the DOB, it appears that the new 265 East Houston will rise ten stories and contain 14,367 square-feet of usable space. 11,522 square-feet will go toward residential living (likely market-rate apartments), and the remainder slated for an unspecified community facility. Onsite DOB signage unveils a rendering of what will soon appear here.

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