Several readers noted yesterday that workers removed the sidewalk shed from 147 First Ave. at Ninth Street... Not much has seemingly been going on here since we reported that the space would be demolished... or become a motel.
The "for rent" signs went up in August...
Icon Realty has the listing for the ground-floor space ... which states "perfect for retail store, restaurant." (We sent an e-mail to Icon asking for details.)
We're not sure what's next for the rest of the building. The DOB issued new permits last week for work on "apartment houses."
Last year, Curbed reported that developer Terrence Lowenberg was the owner .. and he hired the notorious Issac & Stern firm as the architects. (New York magazine called Ramy Issac "the controversial penthouse king of the East Village.")
Here's what the space looks like as of last evening.
There's also no word yet where the panhandlers have relocated... In any event, keep an eye on this space.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Ninth Street and First Avenue shocker: Motel ... Hello?
Blockbuster: 147 First Ave. set for demolition