‘Flight of the Conchords’ Consulate Building on East Broadway is Now Getting Demolished

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 at 5:17 am by

And we edge closer to an out of scale two-tower development at the Bialystoker nursing home site…

The building at 232 East Broadway, also known as the fictional New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords, is a goner. The death shroud is now draped across its carcass, awaiting the wrecking ball. Indeed, the Department of Buildings issued the demolition permit a couple weeks ago, nearly a year after the proposal was approved.

It’s seemingly going to plan. In November 2016, the Ascend Group purchased the city-landmarked Bialystoker Home for the Aged and the flanking properties for a combined $47.5 million. Shortly thereafter, news leaked that the firm planned two new towers on either side of the landmark building (and the Jewish Heritage mural was summarily erased). The 155K square-feet of unused development rights from the Seward Park Co-op housing complex – roughly $46.5 million in value – would go toward erecting a 19-story tower on the west side of 228 East Broadway and a 31-story tower on the east side, according to a referendum the co-op board sent to shareholders. However, any deal is a long way off.

“The shareholders have yet to approve any sale of air rights to the developer of the old Bialystocker home as of yet,” Co-op Frank Durant tells us. “The co-op is still in the midst of negotiating some of the finer terms and if they are successful and sign an LOI with the developer, the process of informing and outreach to shareholders will start.”

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