New Supports at 178 Bleecker

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

There is finally some movement to report at the recently-demolished 178 Bleecker Street.  For the better part of six months, the site had been left for dead, with the only sign of life being leftover wooden joists.  But the delay was not without reason.  Indeed, at the behest of the community, the DOB halted all progress on the new development while it audited the building applications.  At issue was the size of the new building in relation to the lot size.  In the interim, though, the mid-block void became just another dormant dirt pit surrounded by NYU watering holes and fro-yo.

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Yesterday morning, an accordion lift was requisitioned to install new steel supports to the adjacent building facades.  Perhaps stability of these century-old structures is dangerously compromised.  Whatever the case may be, a new eight-story structure is still planned for this spot.  Meanwhile, Andrew Berman and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) are feverishly pushing ahead with plans for a protected South Village Historic District.

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