Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use development at 38 West 8th Street, one block away from Washington Square Park. The site is off the beaten path for Greenwich Village, and the extant structure is not of noteworthy or particular beauty. Despite this, the odds are high this project will attract undeserved criticism from local rent-gouging homeowners fearful of any increase in neighborhood housing supply. Joseph Straus of the Straus Group is listed as responsible for the development.
The 74-foot tall structure will yield 43,400 square feet, with 7,250 square feet dedicated to commercial use, 33,900 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 2,250 square feet dedicated to community facility use. 26 apartments will be created, averaging 1,300 square feet apiece, indicating condominiums.
Morris Adjmi Architects will be responsible for the design. The firm is a veteran for designing in Manhattan, often integrating traditional design / composition with curtain wall facades and steel paneling.
The ground floor will be occupied by a residential lobby and retail stores. A penthouse unit on the top floor will have a private terrace, with the rest of the tenants consigned to having to share a rooftop terrace.
Demolition permits for the existing structure have not been filed. The estimated completion date has not been announced.