Developer of Merchant’s House Adjacent Hotel Sues City to Reverse ULURP Rejection

Posted on: January 30th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

In case you missed it…

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.

Recent Stories

The ‘New Stand’ is Finally Ready to Take the Bowery

June 2017 It’s been almost three years since Patricia Field retired her Bowery fashion boutique and quietly relocated to Seward Park. While a replacement was ultimately found a year thereafter, mum has largely been the narrative at 306 Bowery. Until now. The so-called New Stand, which inked a ten-year deal on the 6,700 square-foot retail […]

‘Esther & Carol’ Goes Dark After Less than 2 Years on the Bowery

Esther & Carol had lofty goals for the southwest corner of Bowery and Broome. Barely two years after opening, the restaurant is now dark. Esther & Carol occupied a large swath of the Sohotel corner (the former Bacchanal), and was split in thirds – full service dining room, casual takeout window, and basement lounge with […]

Icon Terminates Seward Park Garage Lease 3 Years After Parking Privatization

Three years after the parking garage privatization pitted Seward Park co-op members against the board, the operator is out. Icon/Quik Park tendered its termination over the holiday weekend, and will pull out of the garage at the end of this month. Charles H. Greenthal & Co. management circulated a letter to tenants announcing the news […]

Cajun Quietly Comes to Hell Square with ‘Parish NYC’

Out of nowhere, this new Cajun spot for Hell Square. Parish debuted last month at 146 Orchard Street. The arrival of Parish (the word for “county” in Louisiana) comes on the heels of Butcher Bar, the Astoria-based barbecue bar that shuttered back in September after little more than a year. According to its mission statement […]

NYC Half Marathon Foists Thousands of Runners onto the Lower East Side Next Month

On your mark, get set … for thousands of marathoners on the proverbial doorstep. The New York City Half Marathon is less than a month out, and for the second year running, the Lower East Side is in the crosshairs. The race route shifted last year to include spanning the Manhattan Bridge, Canal Street, and […]