Sandblasting History: 41 Great Jones Street Condo Conversion is Now for Sale

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Nearing its 126th birthday, 41 Great Jones Street will not only go under the knife, but also change hands.

Let’s recap.

Deep-pocketed developer Blumenfeld Development Group acquired the property in 2013 for an even $11 million. For more than fifty years, Acme Sandblasting Company operated onsite, but closed post-transaction. The initial goal was to convert the historic structure – zoned in a manufacturing district – to high-end residential condos.

Blumenfeld jumped through the necessary hoops, given that 41 Jones Street also resides in the landmarked Noho Historic District. Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the plans to tack on an additional floor to the five-story building. This would increase the total area to 13,333 square-feet, and allow for the construction of two luxury duplexes and a single triplex (the sixth floor would boast terrace and hot tub). Morris Adjmi Architects designed the reimagining.

The $2.1 million conversion project is currently stalled at the Department of Buildings, with plans in “disapproved” purgatory. In the meantime, Blumenfeld is looking to sell off the property altogether. Cushman & Wakefield was retained as exclusive broker, but fails to list a price tag for the privilege of owner 41 Great Jones.

From City Planning:

The site is developed with a building designed by Herter Brothers Architects, which was constructed between 1889 and 1890, and originally housed a number of garment manufacturers. The building reamains largely intact to its early twentieth-century appearance, and contributes to the mixed-use and diverse character of the NoHo Historic District Extension. From 1959 to 2013, Acme Sandblasting Company occupied the lower levels.

Acme Sandblasting was actually founded in 1916, but operated down the block at 7 Great Jones. Lifelong New Yorker Leon Feinberg purchased the business in 1947 and eventually moved the operation to 41 Great Jones in 1958/9. It was once part of a thriving industrial center in that part of the neighborhood, and outlasted pretty much all its peers. Feinberg passed away in 2010 at age 93. The company followed three years later.

Some some rich fancy-pants folks can live on the gold coast…

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