Soho House Files Permits for 139 Ludlow That Include Additional Floor; Preservationists Mobilizing to Landmark

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by

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139 Ludlow St., future home of Ludlow House

139 Ludlow Street will be going under the knife shortly for its rebirth as “Ludlow House.” Permits for the transformation were filed last Thursday, but are currently awaiting approval from the Department of Buildings (i.e. it’s with the Plan Examiner). Lee Levine Architects was tapped for the $3.82 million project, the same interior design firm behind the Soho House in Meatpacking.

Here is the obligatory all-caps description of the work:

CONVERSION & ENLARGEMENT OF EXISTING 3 STORY AND CELLAR, NEW 4TH FLOOR, NEW C. OF O. TO BE OBTAINED, CHANGE IN NUMBER OF STORIES AND CHANGE IN OCCUPANY/USE. INTERIOR RENOVATION TO INCLUDE DEMO OF EXISTING AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PARTITIONS AND FINISHES AS SHOWN ON PLANS.

The word deception is apparently being thrown around right now. As you can see, this permit calls for an enlargement which will raise the roof by one level, bringing the total height to 71 feet. That contrasts with what was initially presented – “Plans are to keep most of the structure intact, with the main alteration being the installation of a rooftop ‘greenhouse’ hangout.” Yup, no longer content with violating the roof, team Ludlow House wants another floor instead.

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Local preservationists are collectively in a tizzy over this addition. Almost immediately after the application submission, the groups sent a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for immediate action. The message in summation was let’s kick this thing into gear. Gloves off.

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Just remember that the State Liquor Authority forced a stipulation onto their liquor license that restricts alcohol up there, and calls for a closing time of 6pm.

139 Ludlow is a Lower East Side gem.

Historic.

One-of-a-kind.

Let’s keep it that way.

Does the rage jump off the page? Sign the petition. Show up at the community board meetings. Write to the LPC.

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