A four-story building dating back to well before the Civil War, but in quite the state of disrepair, won’t be demolished just yet. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided not to approve a proposal to demolish the structure at 327 Bleecker Street and replace it with a new four-story structure. While the commissioners did seem to be open to the demolition, especially given the endorsement of the Department of Buildings, the proposed replacement was not deemed appropriate.
The IFC Center movie theater on Sixth Avenue (at West 3rd Street) is one step closer to an expansion that would double the number of screens and alleviate crowding on the sidewalk. This would be accomplished by expanding to an empty lot located behind it at 14-16 Cornelia Street. On Tuesday, the proposal went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the commissioners could have approved the upper floors, but wanted more work done at street level.
Last year, Brack Capital Real Estate acquired the 12-story former factory building at 627 Greenwich Street, in the West Village, for $105 million, and now the developer is converting the building into 29 condominiums. The latest plans, filed this past summer, have the building measuring 117,594 square feet, which includes 9,257 square feet of retail space on the ground floor for three commercial units. The 29 condos will average 3,735 square feet apiece, and Issac & Stern Architects are designing.
After 52 years in an imposing eight-story building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 12th Street in Greenwich Village, Forbes Magazine moved to new headquarters in Jersey City last year. Now the new owner, New York University, has filed plans to expand the 1925 office building at 60 Fifth Avenue.
Nearly a year ago, YIMBY brought you news of Macklowe’s 23-story, 52-unit mixed-use building planned at 100 University Place, in Greenwich Village, and now schematic diagrams have surfaced of the building’s form, per Curbed. The 107,965 square-foot building will have 13,075 and 1,050 square feet of commercial and community space, respectively, spanning the ground floor. Condos will average 2,076 square feet each. SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record, and the existing four-story building is getting prepped for demolition.
Earlier this summer, YIMBY brought you news of New York University receiving court approval for their planned 1.9 million square-foot expansion in Greenwich Village, and now plans to demolish the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center, at 20 East Houston Street, are in the works. Per DNAinfo, the facility will close sometime this upcoming fall semester, but architects Davis Brody Bond and Kieran Timberlake will conduct tests on the property immediately. Design plans for the new mixed-use academic building are expected before 2016.