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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 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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Samy Mahfar Files Plans for 10-Story Building at Long-Vacant 255 East Houston Street

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:38 pm

The crumbling 255 East Houston has been vacant ever since construction on the adjacent development destabilized the structure. Ultimately, the activity next door resulted in the departure of the Action for Progress school in 2010. In the ensuing years, owner Samy Mahfar tried – and failed – to unload this property. There had been numerous […]

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Resurrected 179 Suffolk Street Revealed, will Feature Condos and Church

Posted June 9, 2015 at 5:19 am

The undead is no longer. Yup. The onetime zombie construction known as 179 Suffolk Street (aka 265 East Houston) received its jolt of life, and rejoined the ranks of the living last year. It took awhile, but the ten-story residential building finally topped out at 119 feet a few months ago, and is now thisclose […]

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Revisiting the Stalled Project Site at 265 East Houston

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

Mandatory DOB poster rendering, freshly-painted plywood, and a contractor bilging water from deep within the project site. These are all surefire signs pointing to a resumption of construction activities at the southwest corner of Houston and Suffolk Street. For those who don’t recall, this future ten-story development is already more than three years in the making. Ever […]

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255 East Houston on the Open Market

Last modified February 4, 2015 at 11:45 pm

255 East Houston is again in the local news. It’s on the chopping block. Details inside!

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Rezoning Sought for East Houston Parcel; New Development Proposed

Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:42 am

The owner of the destabilized 255 East Houston is currently seeking a commercial zoning overlay for a block-and-a-half parcel between Norfolk and Clinton Street.

Coming Soon: Italian Cafe at 251 East Houston

Posted October 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

251 East Houston is a three-story tenement sandwiched between the 24-hour Remedy diner and the former Action for Progress daycare center.  Its cast-iron staircase leads down to a cozy sub-level space, where, for the last few years, the real estate lay dormant and unloved.  But all that is now in the past, as an independent cafe […]

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Work Has Resumed at 265 East Houston

Posted July 7, 2010 at 6:13 am

Limited work has resumed at 265 East Houston, the corner lot with a recent history of developer negligence.  The planned eight-story structure of market rate living hit a substantial roadblock back in April when foundation drilling caused dangerous vibrations and cracks in the neighboring 255 East Houston.  So bad was this destabilization, that day care center […]