Former ‘Collective Hardware’ Building on the Bowery Amidst Residential Conversion and 2-Story Addition

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 at 5:26 am by
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While its neighbors continue to upscale and attract nightlife tenants, 169 Bowery remained boarded up and sealed. Basically, zero activity here since Collective Hardware was evicted by landlord Gordon Lau in February 2010. That whole mess resulted in a lawsuit which remains unresolved nearly three years after filing; Lau had appealed the judgment after Collective co-owner Dan McClure beat the $3.5 million personal guarantee claim.

Despite the legal limbo, though, Lau is proceeding with plans to convert the five-story tenement building into a new mixed-use project. Yup, it’s a residential change-up to create an additional 6,000 square-feet of space at a cost of roughly $500,000. According to permits issued on Tuesday by the Department of Buildings (but approved last November), both a “horizontal and vertical extension” are underway for 169 Bowery. That means an additional two floors (21 feet) to help accommodate the ten proposed dwelling units.

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Total area of the enlarged tenement will be 14,839 square-feet, with 2,585 square-feet dedicated to commercial use.

Flatbed trucks were spotted yesterday unloading skids of materials. It’s on…

Collective Hardware first opened in August 2007, and was described by co-owner Rony Rivellini as the onetime “focal point for New York City art culture.” Lau evicted the avante garde gallery workspace three years later for their alleged failure to pay $1 million in back rent.

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