Demolition permits have been filed for the home of the Italian American Museum, who operate out of 185, 187, and 189 Grand Street in Little Italy, Manhattan. However, this is not a disappointment for the institution. They had been trying to sell their current location for years, on the condition that they are provided with rent-free space within the replacement. They were finally successful in February 2017, when their buildings were purchased for $14.8 million by Oved Group and Nexus Building Development Group.
This news was coupled with an initial rendering of a design by Morris Adjmi Architects. The six-story structure features a nearly monotone orange-brick façade, with slightly reddened patterning implying the arched and ornate window frames typical of the area.
Permits for the new building were subsequently filed in July, revealing more information about the project. The 75-foot tall building will yield 33,900 square feet of space, with 2,490 square feet dedicated to commercial use, 18,970 square feet for residential use, and 2,170 square feet for the museum, an eighty-percent increase from its initial size.
The museum space will include a small auditorium, and a public terrace will be incorporated onto the rooftop. 12 condominiums will be created, averaging 1,581 square feet apiece.
The project is expected to be complete within two years.