Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Got Rid of Bereket for This Thing

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 at 8:11 am by

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Hot off the press.

This is a rendering of the new development Ben Shaoul has planned for the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. You know, the one that killed off Bereket. The illustration arrives at the same time as the demolition permits, and just as the last of the small eateries vacate the low-rise strip.

The new luxury living – known by the address 196 Orchard – is designed by Ismael Leyva Architects, and is tiny in comparison to its neighbors. It’s still tall enough to cast even more shadows on upper Orchard and further spell the end to this battered block.

It’s interesting to note the appearance of what looks like an Apple store on the ground floor. Oh boy.

As previously reported, the ten-story (120 feet) mixed-use tumor boasts 94,923 square-feet of residential area and a commercial footprint of 13,463 square-feet. There will be 83 dwelling units and community facility space for a “physical culture establishment” (possibly a for-profit gym which isn’t typically allowed). Retail is part of the equation, as well.

The sale of Katz’s air rights last summer helped make this possible.

Expect actual demolition to happen by springtime.

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