Former Sixth Ward on Orchard Street is Leasing, Illegal Backyard Promised

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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It was only a matter of time.

Three months after its free-fall to failure, the dormant Sixth Ward space at 191 Orchard Street is now for rent. During the interim period, its furnishings were auctioned to the highest bidders and the premises relieved of the remainders.

Now, a sucker is sought for the problematic storefront. Indeed, the up-for-grabs property was posted to Craigslist on Monday afternoon, yet doesn’t include any pricing. It’s more a solicitation for best offer.

The company repping this property – Tower Brokerage – is undoubtedly trying to trick an unwitting tenant here. Just look at the broker babble; the spot is clearly sold as a valuable investment that includes both backyard and full basement. Someone should tell prospective occupants, though, that this rear patio was actually the Achilles Heel of the establishment. Obviously that’s not written anywhere.

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Meanwhile, the likelihood another bar or restaurant opens here in the near term seems slim. Especially given the brazen history of hoodwinking at this address. The Sixth Ward obtained a liquor license in 2007 based on the premise it would operate as a vegetarian restaurant. That never happened. Instead, it morphed into a sports bar without SLA consent, illegally used the rear yard without Certificate of Occupancy (there’s only one egress), and frequently allowed over-capacity without a Public Assembly permit (74 patron maximum).

Regardless, it’s almost guaranteed that Hell Square residents would mobilize behind the LES Dwellers if an applicant expressed interest in 191 Orchard Street. And Community Board 3 would probably follow suit; one would think. Both are war weary when it comes to this address. The fight over Sixth Ward lasted for over a year.

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