Monday, July 8, 2013
An abandoned car in an empty lot that will soon yield a 13-floor residential building
Walking on East Houston near Ridge Street, we noticed an abandoned car in the long-empty lot on the south side of the street... not sure how long it has been there...
Anyway, spotting the car served as a reminder to check in on the status of these lots. Last summer, The Lo-Down reported that an unknown buyer has purchased the two vacant lots at 327 and 329 E. Houston St. for $8.4 million, as well as two adjoining parcels at 331 E. Houston and 163 Ridge St. for another $4 million.
It's part of the portfolio that belonged to reclusive real-estate baron William Gottlieb.
Plans were filed in February for a 13-floor residential building with 78 units for the L-shaped 331 E. Houston St./163 Ridge St. parcel. (The DOB disapproved the first round of plans on June 14.) Records show that Stephen B. Jacobs is the architect for the project. (His firm's East Village work includes the Copper Building on Avenue B and the Village Green on East 11th Street.) Jon Halpern of "East Houston Development LLC" is listed as the owner on the DOB permits. (Halpern is a partner and head of Real Estate Investments at Marathon Real Estate Mortgage Trust.)
There are also demo permits on file for the former laundromat here...
There's nothing on record for 327 and 329 E. Houston St.
As for the car, perhaps a test run for the future parking garage here?
Previously on EV Grieve:
An L-Shaped footprint ready to make its impression on East Houston Street