Soho House’s Building Permits Approved for 4th Floor ‘Conservatory’
Posted on: July 7th, 2014 at 5:28 am by Elie
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139 Ludlow St, future home of Soho House
Soho House now has blessings from the Department of Buildings to move forward with Ludlow House.
Local grassroots efforts to landmark the former Nieberg Funeral Home at 139 Ludlow Street, now owned by Soho House, have seemingly proved in vain. Despite a last-minute frenzy earlier this year to protect the iconic three-story building, the urban country club went ahead and filed permits for its on-premise vertical extension. There will be no opposition or LPC to stymie efforts now…
The initial plans to enlarge the structure to a height of 71 feet for a rooftop “conservatory” were previously disapproved by the DOB. It remained that way for much of springtime, offering a glimmer of hope for preservationists eager to keep the structure intact. Yet, it was not meant to be – the city stamped its official approval for the addition at the end of June. Lee Levine Architects is responsible for design duties.
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Ludlow House in Hell Square was (and still is) a flashpoint for the community for the last year and change. The LES Dwellers block association spearheaded the opposition to the new liquor license, and their campaign helped sway Community Board 3 to deny the liquor license in May 2013. There remains plenty of concern about attracting hundreds more people to a block that’s already plagued with nightlife issues.
In the end, the State Liquor Authority forced a stipulation onto their liquor license that restricts alcohol up there, and calls for a closing time of 6pm.
Full liquor license is still pending approval by the SLA.
For a more extensive history of 139 Ludlow Street, be sure to check out our previous post Big Burial Man.
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