Developer of Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Sues City to Reverse ULURP Rejection
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Last fall, grassroots opposition to an eight-story hotel development beside the Merchant’s House Museum culminated in City Council’s (unanimous) rejection of the ULURP application for the project. Now the developer is suing.
Kalodop II Park Corp., the owner-developer which has spent the last eight years on the proposal for 27 East 4th Street, filed the lawsuit last Tuesday against New York City, the City Council, and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera to reverse the judgement. According to The Real Deal, the complaint posits that the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the City Planning Commission both approved their project and attributes the vociferous community opposition to “a grassroots campaign of fear and misinformation” from the Merchant’s House Museum that allegedly “spurred local community members and representatives into action with a false narrative that any construction at the property would cause the Merchant’s House to be catastrophically damaged.”
Museum staff and local preservationists were all along concerned about the impact this major construction would have on structural integrity of the historic building, which dates back to 1832 (home of the Tredwell family) and is considered New York City’s only 19th century family home preserved intact. (It was the first landmark designated by the city in 1965.)
The museum’s fears weren’t unfounded, though, as illegal demolition and construction work nearby in 1988 caused more than $1 million of damages to the property.