G TECTS Design Firm Moving Into 178 Delancey

Posted on: August 18th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

Just last month we commented on the lack of activity at the corner of Attorney and Delancey.  As work gradually progressed on a residential conversion at 85 Attorney Street, all was quiet on the Dream Nail front.  178 Delancey had initially been listed on the open market via Massey Knakal for $3.2 million, offering a development opportunity exceeding 13,500 square-feet.  We are told that it only recently sold for a smidgen more than $2 million.  Now the ground-level storefront of this low-lying brick box is poised to welcome its newest occupant.

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Yesterday afternoon, we fielded a report from Boogie reader AA, who said:

A few weeks ago somebody spent money on a really nice new polished concrete floor.  Then they loaded in a bunch of furniture. Lots of big wide file cabinets and laminate table/desk tops. Everything black.  Yesterday they cut the roll-down shutters off and now it looks like they’re ready for a sleek glass facade.  I’m hoping for a quiet little design firm.

Turns out our tipster was correct.  This commercial storefront is being prepared as office space for a local architecture firm called G TECTS.  The enterprise was contracted for the forthcoming National Jazz Museum in Harlem, which is still in preliminary design.  Owner Gordon Kipping informed us that he recently inked a five-year lease.  “Glazed” frontage is on the way (September), and the brickwork will be painted black, providing a clean slate for all the graffiti writers out there.

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However, razing and development are not completely out of the picture here.  That could still happen once the lease expires.  Too much can happen in that amount of time…

[Photo Credit: AA]

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