Will 347 Bowery Boast Same-Floor Parking Spaces for Condo Owners?

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 at 6:12 am by
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When Paris-based Louzon Hotel Group purchased the Salvation Army building at 347 Bowery, the neighborhood collectively shit its pants after gaining a glimpse of the possible future. The plan was a monstrous 14-story hotel with glitzy ground floor restaurants and a jumbotron. None of that happened, and LHG sold to designer Giauco Lolli-Ghetti of Urban Muse for $19 million.

Urban Muse is a real estate company that “acquires, develops, repositions, operates, and brands residential and commercial properties in densely populate urban areas.” Turns out Lolli-Getti is instead redeveloping 347 into a 13-story mixed-use development with five 3BR homes, as reported this week by EV Grieve. We’re told it’s gonna be condos. Demolition permits are now on file with the DOB.

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Photo: Patent BuddyMost interesting, however, is that Lolli-Ghetti is an inventor with a 2009 patent on a “vertical integrated parking system” that connects each condo with a private parking space on the same floor. Here’s more info from the patent office:

A parking system for vehicles in a building comprising:a plurality of apartments in the building; a plurality of parking garages for a vehicle, each parking garage associated with one of the apartments, the parking garage being located on the same floor as its associated apartment;an elevator for transporting vehicles between a ground floor of the building and the parking garages; first pathway means for providing entry to the building and access to the elevator;second pathway means for providing egress from the elevator at the ground floor and exit from the building; anda control system for controlling access to and from the building, the elevator and the garages.

It’s not yet known if this technology will make its way into 347 Bowery, but you are forewarned.

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What might have been, Photo: Shawn Chittle

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