Demolition Imminent for 194 Orchard; 6-Story Condo Building Coming Soon

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 at 5:51 am by
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As if construction hell couldn’t get much worse for upper Orchard Street, demolition is imminent for the one-story building at 194 Orchard. We already have the Hotel Indigo (aka Hell Building) bottlenecking the block, and also the recent infrastructure work to rehab the water works.

We first reported on the demise of 194 Orchard last March, when leather longtimer New York Leather Gallery moved a few storefronts south. Rat bait signs appeared, demolition permits were filed, and then the overall appearance of the facade quickly fell into disrepair. Fast forward nearly one year, and the permission to raze the structure finally received the official go-ahead from the city. Pre-demolition apparently passed the test last month.

The replacement building is a six-story dwelling that sports a total floor area of 9,225 square-feet (2,288 commercial, 6,937 residential); there will apparently be five full-floor units. It comes courtesy of architect Israel Veles and owner Hesky Haim of Sky High Group. Paperwork presently on file with the city reveals a first glimpse of what we can expect here when all is said and done.

An initial application for the new project was initially denied, but finally approved back in October.

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The future of 194 Orchard St., Photo: Dept. of Buildings

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