355 Grand St.
In early 2016, the Department of Buildings approved the demolition of 355 Grand St., a nearly 200-year-old row house. Now construction has begun on its replacement, a 6-story residential building with ground floor commercial space. Drilling was taking place on the site this morning.
The owner, Jeannie Lai, purchased the property for $4 million. Earlier this year, she secured a $2.2 million construction loan for the project. The architect of record is S. M. Tam, who is based in Brooklyn.
355 Grand St. (also known as 51 Essex St.) was a “contributing building” in the National Register’s Lower East Side historic district. The Federal-style row house was not, however, a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled that it had undergone too many changes over the decades to be eligible. In December of 2016, local writer Laurie Gwen Shapiro dug into the history of the building for Untapped Cities.
355 Grand St., September 2015.
355 Grand St. File photo.
The Buildings Department yesterday approved demolition permits for 355 Grand St., a nearly 200 year-old row house formerly home to Vic’s Pizza and Flower’s Cafe.
The owner, Jennie Lai, plans to build a mixed commercial and residential building on the site. But the 6500 sq. ft. project has yet to win city approval. The initial plan was disapproved by the Buildings Department earlier this month.
355 Grand St. (also known as 51 Essex St.) is a “contributing building” in the National Register’s Lower East Side historic district. The Federal-style row house is not, however, a city landmark (it has undergone too many alterations over the years to be eligible.)
Lai purchased the building for $4 million a couple of years ago. Both Vic’s and Flower’s Cafe went out of business.
All day today, coffee is free at Flowers Cafe at 355 Grand St. (at the corner of Grand and Essex streets).