Monday, August 1, 2011

Is this the beginning of the end for the Mystery Lot?

An alarmed EV Grieve reader/Mystery Lot aficionado has noted the arrival of workers testing soil samples to monitor the water level...




Or else someone stole this truck and simply tossed it over the fence? Probably not. In any event, such exploratory drilling is required prior to the start of any construction project. The lot has sat vacant since workers demolished the shell of the old Jefferson Theater in 1999.

Builtgross Associates, a subsidiary of Milstein Properties, owns the property. Anthony Bergamo, vice chairman of executive planning for Milstein Properties, told the Local East Village back in March that they didn't expect anything to happen at this site in the near future.

Previously on EV Grieve:
An appreciation: That empty lot on 13th Street

Another view of the Mystery Lot

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Save the mystery lot!

That open space, even if unused, is so much nicer than whatever ugly building will go up there.

Goggla said...

Maybe ET can be declared an endangered species and the lot can get classified as a protected habitat.

Marty Wombacher said...

@Goggla: That is a great idea, if only ET would return!

Anonymous said...

Horrible news. I heard there was some family fight that kept it vacant, a disgruntled sibling unwilling to agree with his brother. Good for him or his children, that fight increased the value of the land considerably. I prefer the ET creature to a bldg full of entitled douches.

Anonymous said...

I think I saw a piece in a real estate rag that another real estate family made a substantial commercial purchase at the ugly new bldg on the corner. Perhaps they also bought the lot?

Anonymous said...

"Built-gross"? You made that up, didn't you? I'm sure you did. It's just too... foreshadowing.