Allen Street Hotel Developer Allegedly Threatens New Owners with Violence

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 at 6:03 am by

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The Allen Street Hotel is still stalled out, January 2014

The drama of the stalled-out Allen Street Hotel encounters yet another unique plot twist. Debt-heavy developer Ben Zhavian of the DAB Group, whose 16-story tower north of Delancey was foreclosed upon, allegedly threatened the new owners with violence (Orchard Hotel LLC aka Maverick Real Estate Partners).

According to a blurb in the New York Post:

Nassau County (ed: Valley Stream) developer and Israeli military veteran Ben Zhavian allegedly sniped to the owner of the Orchard Hotel, which had bought out the loan on his stalled 16-story tower, that the hotel’s lawyer was a “whore’’ and “c–t,” and threatened to rape her. The Sept. 13 phone call was followed by a confrontation with another Orchard Hotel owner in which the developer thundered, “I’ll kill you! . . . All of you are going to be shot!” according to legal papers.

Insults notwithstanding, the only onsite action these days is the constant maintenance of the plywood fencing. It seems that the thing is painted black on the reg to deter graffiti and bill posters. The updated completion date – as of December 2012 – had been January 2014. Here we are!

It’s also worth noting that this hotel is one of four incomplete lodges between East Houston and Delancey. That stretch of Orchard Street is ruined.

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Early rendering of the Allen Street Hotel

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