Enlarged and Remodeled, Former Sheila’s Decorating Building on Orchard Street Shows Itself

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 at 5:19 am by
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​Vacant since its move (nay, downsizing) up the block in August 2014, the makeover of the former Sheila’s Decorating store at 68 Orchard Street is nearly complete. The pre-war, two-story building saw an overall increase in height.

It was exactly one year ago that we first reported on the construction job, which didn’t really get underway until mid-October. (DOB issued the permit in May 2015.) Now, after a quick three-month construction period, the tenement death shroud is deposed to reveal the “slight” vertical extension to 34 feet. That’s a ten-foot increase above its original height, yet comes at the expense of the intact green cornice.

The enlarged second floor (6,850 square-feet) will serve as the residential component of the new mixed-use 68 Orchard; commercial space on the ground level will take up 2,359 square-feet. Plans also included digging the cellar a foot deeper.

Meanwhile, the other half of the former Sheila’s Decorating was transformed last spring into an annex for Shin Gallery at the corner. The gallerist created loads of drama over the summer thanks to its faux sex-laced Chinese massage parlor exhibit. Indeed, a neighbor threatened a lawsuit.

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68 Orchard St. before the makeover, November 2014

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