Sidewalk Work Outside Zarin Building Finally Finished After 9-Month Ordeal
Bank of America ditched its perch at the northwest corner of Grand and Orchard Streets last October after a decade-plus tenancy, as previously reported. Its identity was completely scraped from the exterior. Work on the sidewalk out front began shortly thereafter, but quickly hit a dead-end that only now is finally cleared.
The Malachite Group, current owners of the block-long building, netted a stop-work order from the Department of Buildings last November for “work without a permit at sidewalk vault from building.” The job itself, according to public records, was meant to “replace existing damaged vault roof and sidewalk.” Yet, the plywood barriers remained an eyesore for the ensuing seven months at which point the city rescinded the stoppage.
Reconstruction work commenced in mid-June and wrapped last month. Now, finally, the L-shaped concrete straddling 314 Grand Street is rehabilitated.
The Malachite Group shelled out $25.6 million for the high-profile corner back in 2015.