Ridley’s Landmark Building on Grand Street Goes for Rooftop Appendage in Residential Conversion

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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​Where the historic Ridley & Sons department store once stood on Grand Street, change is afoot. The westernmost structure in the complex – abutting the Pink Building – is on the docket for rooftop addition.

Bromley Caldari Architects PC is the architect of record on the project, which includes a 900 square-foot addition atop the landmarked 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen). “It will be set back from both parapets and not visible from the street until you are a few blocks further west on Grand Street,” Jerry Caldari tells us in an email. The team is also proposing to replace the “mish-mash of wood and aluminum windows” with materials that are more historically accurate, and to repair/restore the cast iron exterior on the Grand Street front.

The fire escape will also be removed around the corner on the 66 Allen facade.

For the moment, the only paperwork filed with the Department of Buildings for the vertical extension is for a “mockup.” However, the new appendage seems to be part of the overall plan to convert 315 Grand from commercial to residential zoning. Application materials submitted to the DOB last February indicate the owner’s intentions for a new Certificate of Occupancy. Specifically to carve out 13,919 square-feet of residential space on floors two through four for seven dwellings. The ground level will remain commercial with 2,559 square-feet.

Yet before any of these architectural alterations can happen, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must first assess the proposal. And the conduit – the first step – Community Board 3. 315 Grand is, after all, a city landmark afforded such protections. To that end, the applicant and architect will appear this month for approval from the Land-use subcommittee, two months after it initially hoped to.

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