Thursday, April 12, 2012
Big changes in the works for the Standard East Village lobby, outdoor space; Café on the Bowery anyone?
The Standard East Village is on Monday night's CB3/SLA agenda... and, based on the documents on file at the CB3 website (PDF), some major alterations are in store for the hotel's public spaces on Cooper Square and East Fifth Street...
The documents clearly spell out the plans (click on the images to enlarge)...
A few highlights if you don't feeling like looking at the documents:
• The Hotel plans to close the second-floor bar/terrace to convert it to a guest room (with terrace). (If approved, then the change should eliminate this from happening.)
• The Hotel plans to expand the lobby and take over half of the current garden space that lines East Fifth Street. (They are requesting a service bar in this space.) There will also be a lobby garden (with soundproofing).
• The Hotel plans to introduce Café on the Bowery outside the front entrance. This space will run from Hettie Jones' home (the tenement the former Cooper Square incorporated into the hotel) to the northern property line. They'd like a liquor license for this outdoor space (transferring the one from the to-be-shuttered second-floor lounge).
• The Hotel would like to extend the hours of the current restaurant garden space from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. In exchange, the Hotel will add a "retractable soundproofed temporary enclosure" to use during those hours.
How will the neighbors respond? The meeting is Monday at 6:30 at the JASA/Green Residence, 200 East Fifth Street — right across the street from the hotel...