255 East Houston

Future Condo Residents of 265 East Houston are ‘Enviously Placed to Enjoy it All’

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:17 am

The ten-story condo development at 265 East Houston has been complete for months. In fact, there really hasn’t been much movement here since the teaser banner was unfurled back in October. All that changes now. The “floor through” apartments are now on the market. As previoiusly reported, there are six full-floor apartments and a duplex […]

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Mahfar Alleges CB3 Conflict of Interest over Zoning Change Denial 

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:57 pm

Three months ago, the City Council declined the five-years-in-the-making proposal to rezone the two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston with a commercial overlay (i.e. “C2-5 commercial overlay in an existing R8A contextual district”). He’s still fighting for it. Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) – hated around these parts – is betting on a technicality to somehow overturn […]

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Mahfar Just Finished Leveling 255 East Houston for New 13-Story Luxury Building

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:55 pm

SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) is well on the way to erecting its twelve-story phallus on the border of Alphabet City. Yep, 255 East Houston is officially a goner. The derelict building with its faded facade, and prior service to the community, was reduced to dust within the last several weeks. Now its just another […]

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Samy Mahfar Bails on Controversial East Houston Rezoning Proposal

Posted September 8, 2016 at 5:04 am

Samy Mahfar now tastes defeat at the hands of City Council. The much-maligned landlord had sought a zoning change that would benefit his in-progress development at 255 East Houston Street. But before the scheduled City Council vote on Tuesday by the zoning and franchises subcommittee, Mahfar tendered a letter of withdrawal to City Planning Director […]

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This Testimony Scolding Mahfar’s Re-Zoning Proposal for East Houston is Everything

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:51 pm

Samy Mahfar is pushing hard for rezoning a portion of East Houston to placate personal gain. The proposed two-and-a-half block commercial overlay is seemingly a play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). As opposed to community services, like the day care centers he […]

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City Council Mulling Mahfar’s Controversial East Houston Rezoning Bid After City Planning Approval

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Samy Mahfar will stop at nothing until his dream of rezoning part of East Houston Street is realized. It’s a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Nothing new, really. Mahfar’s associates twice pitched Community Board 3 to install a commercial […]

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Demolition Begins at Samy Mahfar’s 255 East Houston, 13-Story Residential Building on the Way

Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:14 am

Down comes 255 East Houston. Building owner, and reviled landlord, Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) just commenced demolition activity at the East Houston property. The requisite slate of netting and scaffolding arrived last week, so the end is nigh. Once razed, the mid-block parcel will birth a thirteen-story luxury residential tower. Of course, there’s a […]

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CB3 Chastises Samy Mahfar as Bad Actor in Zoning Change Denial for East Houston Development

Posted March 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Representatives from team Samy Mahfar appeared before the Land-use subcommittee last night to obtain approval for a commercial overlay along a two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston Street. It was the second time since 2011 that the notorious landowner sought blessings from the advisory body, which would allow ground-level retail use in this residentially zoned area. […]

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Samy Mahfar Seeks Commercial Zoning Change for his 13-Story Tower at 255 East Houston Street

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

​For the second time since 2011, controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is seeking a commercial overlay for a two-and-a-half-block parcel of East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Clinton. The reason – commercial uses are not allowed in new developments situated within residential districts. And Mahfar seeks to construct a new mixed-use tumor at 255 East Houston […]

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Samy Mahfar Gets the Green Light for 10-Story Residential Building on East Houston Street

Posted December 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Action for Progress is getting some. At least that’s what hated landlord/developer Samy Mahfar would have you believe. The Department of Buildings finally issued approval, albeit partial, last week for Mahfar’s new ten-story residential tumor on the L-shaped parcel of 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Plans have changed slightly since the news first broke, though. Once […]

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