CB2 Full Board Upholds Denial of Zoning Change for Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel
More good news to report on the Merchant’s House front. Community Board 2 last week fully upheld the denial levied at committee for a zoning change for a proposed hotel beside the historic landmark. (#dontmesswithGertrude)
While this is a major victory for the Merchant’s House (aka Tredwell House), the CB2 judgment is solely a recommendation. The decision that really matters comes from the City Planning Commission. To that end, though, the zoning change is unlikely without the backing of the local councilperson. In this case, Carlina Rivera, who has appeared skeptical.
Manhattan Community Board 2 unanimously rejected a proposal to plop an eight-story hotel right next to the Merchant’s House Museum, the Villager reports. All 41 members of the board voted against the proposal of developer Kalodop II Park Corp., which preservationists say could do irreparable harm to the East Village institution.
The use of the word plop is particularly fitting since piece of shit hotels having been popping and plopping up and down all over the Lower East Side, destroying the history, the culture, and the vibe.
As previously disclosed, the hotel would rise on the site of a one-story brick warehouse at 27 East Fourth Street that currently acts as HQ for area food cart vendors. (The garage was built in 1945-46 by Herman Kron.) Then, as now, local preservationists are concerned about the impact this major construction will invariably have on structural integrity. This classic construction dates back to 1832, and is considered New York City’s only 19th century family home that is preserved intact. Engineering and architectural experts have reportedly warned that the fragile site could potentially suffer irreversible damage if the hotel moves forward.
More context from the Merchant’s House website:
Considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period, the 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is a designated landmark on the federal, state, and city level.
In New York City, it was the first building designated in the borough of Manhattan following the passing of the Landmarks Preservation law in April 1965. It is one of only 117 interior and exterior landmarks in the City. In 1966, the Merchant’s House was recognized as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,400) and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods and celebrated 75 years as a museum in 2011.
Here are some images of the Tredwell family that once lived there, courtesy of the Merchant’s House: