Parking Lot at 170 Suffolk is Being Converted to Gallery and Residential Duplex

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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The mysterious garage-slash-scrapyard beside 170 Suffolk Street is presently undergoing massive change. For years, green brick and security gate warned of its nature as an “active driveway.” No longer.

Property owner Michele Cohen filed permits with the Department of Buildings back in June to construct a two-story mixed-use building. The new structure will house “two new art galleries, offices, and one family dwelling” (i.e. duplex, according to DOB). Floor area composition is 3,500 square-feet of commercial space and 2,750 of residential.

Work began on the lot just a couple weeks ago, and has already reached its projected height of 22 feet. There’s still a long way to go, though.

Long before its current iteration as the Rachel Uffner Gallery and the JTT Gallery, 170 Suffolk Street was home to an old monument showroom (i.e. tombstones). Its private parking lot served numerous “incidental” purposes in the past: scrap yard for junked cars, worksite for marble and granite engraving, and most recently, a storage garage. There have also been art shows on this spot.

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170 Suffolk St back when, Photo: Property Shark

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