Demolition Commences at 200-Year-Old Federal Row House on Grand Street

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Out comes the scaffolding. The centuries-old Federal row house at 355 Grand Street now has both feet in the grave, so to speak. Contractors arrived yesterday to begin assembling the iron bars ahead of imminent demolition activity.

The absolute destruction of 355 Grand Street – located on this corner since the 1820s – has been more than a year in the making. It was around this time last summer that we learned about the future here. After purchasing the property for $4 million in December 2014, Interboro Properties will drop a six-story mixed-use building that will likely serve the interests of the 1-percent. The still-pending proposal includes 4,578 square-feet split between two enormous triplex units; 1,958 square-feet of retail on the ground floor. DOB status is still “disapproved,” though.

Demolition was actually approved by the city back in February, but not acted on until now. Curious how it’s starting roughly two weeks after 355 Grand Street was issued a full vacate order by the DOB. Inspectors deemed the structure unsafe because the “roof has been removed leaving entire structured exposed.”

Flowers Cafe and the decades-running Vic’s Pizza didn’t survive.

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