Ridley’s Landmark Building on Grand Street Goes for Rooftop Appendage in Residential Conversion

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 at 5:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

​Where the historic Ridley & Sons department store once stood on Grand Street, change is afoot. The westernmost structure in the complex – abutting the Pink Building – is on the docket for rooftop addition.

Bromley Caldari Architects PC is the architect of record on the project, which includes a 900 square-foot addition atop the landmarked 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen). “It will be set back from both parapets and not visible from the street until you are a few blocks further west on Grand Street,” Jerry Caldari tells us in an email. The team is also proposing to replace the “mish-mash of wood and aluminum windows” with materials that are more historically accurate, and to repair/restore the cast iron exterior on the Grand Street front.

The fire escape will also be removed around the corner on the 66 Allen facade.

For the moment, the only paperwork filed with the Department of Buildings for the vertical extension is for a “mockup.” However, the new appendage seems to be part of the overall plan to convert 315 Grand from commercial to residential zoning. Application materials submitted to the DOB last February indicate the owner’s intentions for a new Certificate of Occupancy. Specifically to carve out 13,919 square-feet of residential space on floors two through four for seven dwellings. The ground level will remain commercial with 2,559 square-feet.

Yet before any of these architectural alterations can happen, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must first assess the proposal. And the conduit – the first step – Community Board 3. 315 Grand is, after all, a city landmark afforded such protections. To that end, the applicant and architect will appear this month for approval from the Land-use subcommittee, two months after it initially hoped to.

Recent Stories

Clayton’s Corner: Overthrow the Wrong Way

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, photographer Clayton Patterson shares news that the Overthrow boxing gym on Bleecker Street is back in action. Then, crosstown on Essex Street, two cops stopped for a quick slice. However, flouting traffic by driving the wrong way to park in front of Champion Pizza. This move seemed to irk […]

How COVID and a Bus Stop Chased Benson’s from Essex Street

The following guest post was penned by Boogie reader Sydney Fishman. For five years, Benson’s held down the corner of East Houston and Essex Streets with craft beers, sumptuous burgers, and the occasional movie night. The movie nights, according to owner Annie Morton, were the highlight of Benson’s tenure on the Lower East Side. Before […]

Next Phase of Market Line at Essex Crossing Now Visible

With scaffolding and other construction elements removed from The Artisan building at Essex Crossing, another part of the Market Line is coming into focus. Unlike the westernmost third of the Market Line, this section beneath 180 Broome Street feels less like a dungeon. Design elements, including massive grand staircase and full facade glass open the […]

14-Story Eldridge Street Hotel Hit with Stop Work Order

The hotel newcomer underway on lower Eldridge Street – recently topped out at fourteen stories – met the might of the city. Inspectors from Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order on 79 Eldridge about a week ago. It’s a full order which only allows work “to provide shoring for all staircases and provide design […]

Eighteen Groups Sign Open Letter Demanding Transparency over CB3 Removal of Committee Chairs

Eighteen community groups within Community Board 3 on the Lower East Side this week co-signed an open letter to city and state officials urging inquiry into the removal of Alexandra Militano and Carolyn Ratcliffe as chairs of the SLA and Arts & Culture subcommittees, respectively. The shakeup, apparently inspired by a stated “new direction” for […]