Revisiting the 2-Story Building that Will Rise at the Old Billy’s Antiques

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 at 5:52 am by
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Walking by the lot previously known as Billy’s Antiques yesterday, we spotted a crew of architects assessing the area. Blueprints and other documents in hand. This prompted us to revisit the story and further check into what’s happening here. After all, Banksy’s grim reaper carnival stunt was the only action this site has seen since the big top tent was officially removed two years ago.

Goldman Properties, which owns 76 East Houston (and the graffiti wall), paired with Gary H. Silver Architects and intends to erect a new two-story building here. Permits for the endeavor pinballed through the DOB for many moons, but were finally approved over the last couple months. In addition, the zoning change to “general central commercial district” was granted in January.

In our first report on the replacement structure back in November 2012, the proposal included a building with 36-foot height. It’s since been scaled down, and will instead rise only twenty-eight feet. And there’s still no indication as to whether Billy Leroy will return to the spot. Doesn’t seem so.

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More troubling, however, is the feasibility study recently performed by Gary H. Silver Architects. Proof the Goldman property owners have already considered some redevelopment here. We see the two-story box, and are highly curious about this 12-story tumor where the graffiti wall now stands.

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Part of a feasibility study for 76 East Houston, Photo: Gary H. Silver Architects

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