Controversial Sixth Ward Space on Orchard Street Still on the Market for $32.5K Per Month

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

It appears a suitor is still sought for the problematic Sixth Ward space on Orchard Street. Three months after initial listings dribbled out to Craigslist, the campaign to net a commercial tenant is now heating up. Indeed, the brokerage repping this property – Tower Brokerage – is pushing harder [PDF].

The latest listing has the 2,720 square-foot nightspot going for $32,500 per month. All tenant uses are considered, but reading bewteen the lines, a restaurant is most likely their ideal target. Keep in mind that the space is a veritable minefield wrought with building code issues. Any future nightlife establishment would need to obtain both a valid Certificate of Occupancy (temporary one expired in 2007) and Public Assembly Permit (if more than 74 people) for 191 Orchard. And backyard use is off limits. Not to mention, the LES Dwellers Association would almost positively mount an opposition campaign.

The Sixth Ward was a bait-and-switch operation from the get-go, having originally scored a liquor license in 2007 based on the premise it would become a vegetarian restaurant. Instead, the business morphed into a sports bar without SLA consent, illegally used the rear yard without valid Certificate of Occupancy (there’s only one egress), erected a glass enclosure that blocked the one egress (later removed), and frequently allowed over-capacity without a Public Assembly permit (74 patron maximum).

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