224 Mulberry Condo Shows Itself; Little Italy Zoning Height Restrictions Ignored

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 at 6:10 am by
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The trendy transformation from car-park to condoplex is nearly complete at 224 Mulberry Street. It’s been a complete construction zone these last few months, resulting in the new superstructure you now see. Half the netting was recently removed to reveal the all-brick exterior. The recent addition of a banner advertises that sales begin in “late summer.”

FLAnk Architecture is the firm charged with creating this new development in Little Italy. The eight-story box carries seven residences, each with two to four bedrooms (and 14-foot ceilings), and a rooftop recreation space. Completion estimate remains set for the first quarter of 2015. And make way for the money. Adding a layer of obnoxiousness here, the units carry “unapologetically high” price tags of between $6.25 million and $30 million.

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224 Mulberry is yet another example of a renowned developer pillaging Little Italy and ignoring the zoning set forth in the Special Little Italy District (“SLID”). Height restrictions in this neighborhood put the cap at eighty-five feet; FLAnk’s phallus is 110 feet. Even their marketing copy acknowledges the building as the “highest point on Mulberry Street.” Do they get a special pass here?

Moreover, Jon Kully, a managing partner at FLAnk, told the New York Times last June that there had been a “downzoning” in the five years since the permit was received that allowed for the additional vertial. But what, pray tell, is said downzoning?

Guess the city didn’t care to enforce the restrictions here.

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