Morris Adjmi-Designed Development at ‘Jones Diner’ Site Reaches 3 Stories

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The irregularly shaped NoHo parcel, which once housed the Jones Diner, and later, high-profile advertecture, is now buzzing with construction activity. It is here that a ten-story mixed-use development is set to sprout.

The fenced-in real estate began to see movement last fall with the removal of the aformentioned advertecture, a fixture for the last decade. Official groundbreaking happened a few months later (February 2017), and progress has been steady ever since. At present, the superstructure has already reached roughly three stories in height.

Architect Morris Adjmi designed the new ten-story office building, which includes a showroom on the ground floor and community facility space on the second and third floors. The Landmarks Preservation Commission previously granted its approval of the project in August 2016, as was necessary given its location in the NoHo Historic District Extension.

Photo: Morris Adjmi Architects

This first semblance of progress is the culmination of ten years of planning. Olmstead Properties, which has owned the 5,500 square-foot site since the 1940s, previously planned a mixed-use building in 2007 (and had a zoning variance), but that proposal ultimately fizzled. The firm then put the property on the market in January 2015 for $35 million yet settled on a 49-year lease with developer CBSK Ironstate later that year.

The rather unique shape of this lot is a function of the city having widened Lafayette Street, between Houston and Great Jones, in the early 1900s. Other property nearby met the same fate, and several of those plots were likewise developed in the last several years.

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