200-Year-Old Federal Houses on Grand Street are Demolished

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Poof, they’re gone.

Grand Street Chinatown just lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. The razing began a few months ago, and wrapped up last week.

The city had issued demolition permits exactly one year ago for 282-286 Grand Street, but the site remained largely dormant until this past Thanksgiving. Now, the properties are gated with token perimeter plywood, and primed for glitzy luxe living.

As previously reported, the decimated historic row of federal houses comprising 282-286 Grand – which anchored the block since roughly 1820 – is to be born again rich. Their disposal is at the behest of its owner, and local oncologist-turned-gallerist, Marc Straus, filed plans with Department of Buildings to erect a seven-story residential building with bronze colored “rain screen” exterior. Project paperwork reveals the floor area covers roughly 20,000 square-feet, housing twenty one-bedroom condo apartments and two penthouses. All are one-bedrooms (550 square-feet) except for the latter. Straus, who currently maintains a showroom at 299 Grand Street, partnered with architectural firm Peterson Rich Office and Vito Enrico for the design.

Target completion date is sometime in the fall of 2018. Seems unlikely given the current pace…

282 Grand Street, Dec. 2012

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