Tuesday, October 10, 2017

First sign of upcoming renovations at the former Webster Hall

[Photo from Sept. 30]

The new owners of Webster Hall are taking the first steps toward renovating and updating the landmarked building at 125 E. 11th St. for use as a live-music-only venue.

Reps of the owners will be meeting with Community Board 3's Landmarks Committee next Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Here's the agenda item:

Certificate of Appropriateness, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St: addition of three new doors at street level within the historic façade to improve ingress and egress, provide accessibility for the disabled, and allow more efficient load-in and out of performers.

And a notice of the meeting is posted on the building here between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue...

Adding three new doors doesn't sound like the most exciting-controversial development ... just one that's necessary to help upgrade the facility and make it ADA compliant. To date, work permits have yet to be posted with the DOB.

Webster Hall closed on Aug. 10. Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, along with AEG-backed The Bowery Presents, bought the building from the Ballinger family for $35 million in the spring.

The new owners will renovate the space, dropping the club nights to focus on live music. Some reports suggest that the new venue won't be ready until 2020. Billboard reported that there may be a name change here too.



Anonymous said...

Where can we see the proposal? They bought a landmarked building that has operated as a venue for decades and now they want to change it? How? They want more people more alcohol more money.

Anonymous said...

When profits are the driving force expect landmark status to be ignored. Since they are not double the crowd capacity why so many new entrances and exits? I predict a new bar with an entrance from the street open 365 days and nights per year.