35 Cooper Square to Become “Mixed Use Project”?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Things are really starting to intensify at 35 Cooper Square.  Less than a week after the doorstep rally and subsequent closure of Cooper 35 Asian Pub, Real Estate Weekly shines a beam of light on the new building ownership. People can now start pointing fingers at Arun Bhatia, the developer behind seven condo towers and dorms for the New School.

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Moreover, a spokesperson at Bhatia indicated there is another as-yet-unknown partner behind the venture, and that the team seeks to build an “‘as of right, mixed-use’ project” on the site. At this point, all options are currently on the table regarding the fate of 35 Cooper Square, including demolition. And apparently, more information will become available in “three or four weeks.” Hey, the East Village could use another dorm, right?

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[9/11 Mural in 2004; Photo Credit: Hubert J. Steed]

Residents and preservationists alike have myriad reasons to fear the wrecking ball, but most of all, an unwilling Landmarks Preservation commission.  The LPC refuses to hear the case due to stucco that currently covers the original facade. Regardless of their position, a petition with over 1,300 signatures is still circulating. You can sign it here.

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