Restoration of Landmark Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is Underway, Penthouse Addition Coming Soon
It’s been nearly two years since the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and penthouse addition for the former Ridley & Sons department store on Grand Street. Now, work has finally commenced on the makeover of this Lower East Side landmark.
Out came the scaffold piping and netting this week, kicking off the first step toward full facade rehab.
As previously reported, the owner of 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen) joined forces with Bromley Caldari Architects on an ambitious project to both construct a rooftop addition and restore the building (half the Ridley’s footprint) to its original 1886 grandeur. Plans include replacing cast iron, swapping out unoriginal aluminum windows, and removing fire escapes. The transformation is both cosmetic and beauracratic, as a change to the zoning is needed for the proposed residential use on all five floors, plus the addition of a penthouse and elevator. As it stands, offices occupy floors two through four, with housing on the fifth floor.
This penthouse is a controversial component of the plan, as it’s the most significant architectural alteration to the property in decades. At 749 square-feet, the added real estate atop 315 Grand Street is pitched as a “light footprint” that’s not easily visible from street level.
To that end, the LPC endorsed the proposal in January 2016 with the primary stipulation that the applicant work with agency staff to ensure proper restoration and reduce visibility of the rooftop tumor.
Below is the restoration proposal…