Monday, May 2, 2011

To no surprise, 35 Cooper Square will be torn down

On Friday afternoon, we posted photos of the new scaffolding at 35 Cooper Square. EV Grieve correspondent Bobby Williams was also on the scene. Bobby tried to ask one of the crew members what they were doing. The worker's reaction was all we needed to hear about what would be happening next: "It ain't me."






In a nonshocker, crews will soon begin tearing down the 186-year-old building. Both Jeremiah and the Local East Village posted the letter from developer Arun Bhatia (via an attorney) to council member Rosie Mendez about his final decision on the fate of the historic building:

"Unfortunately, it was concluded that it would not be feasible to develop the site with the building or any significant portion of it remaining."

Meanwhile, the developer will be making a financial contribution to the Landmarks Conservancy to help document the histories of Federal buildings such as 35 Cooper Square for which "creation of an historic record is all that can be done," as Jeremiah reported.

Let the condo/hotel/dorm building begin!

Previously on EV Grieve:
35 Cooper Square, 'this much-beloved little building,' dies at age 186

7 comments:

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

All that's left to wonder is how high will the new dorm or luxury condo rise?

Lisa said...

I deeply hope there is a particularly hot spot in hell reserved for that toad Arun Bhatia and all the members of that ineffectual waste of taxpayer dollars, the Landmarks "Preservation" Committee. Why are there no laws in place forbidding the destruction of such examples of American history by greedy cretins from other countries who have no thought of or care for that history, since it is not theirs? Isn't there some ancient temple this shithead could be ripping down in Lahore?

Marty Wombacher said...

Cue the start of a Rubik's Cube building.

Bowery Boogie said...

Now the attention has to turn on what this plot might become...

Anonymous said...

@Lisa - Bhatia is Indian. Lahore is in Pakistan.

Goggla said...

"Unfortunately..."

Yeah, right.

Kurt said...

@Anon 1:08, to racist, they all look alike. No time for your details.