Controversial Developer Tries Again with New 6-Story Condo Beside Merchant’s House Museum

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

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With its hotel proposal nixed by the city, the defeated developer is planning something else next to the Merchant’s House Museum, and the latter is worried anew.

Kalodop II Park Corp., the owner-developer which has spent the last decade fighting for the development of 27 East 4th Street, now proposes something new altogether. A six-story affair that is more contextual with the surroundings.

However, Museum staff and local preservationists remain concerned, as before, about the impact of any construction next door. And how it would affect the structural integrity of the historic building, which dates back to 1832 (home of the Tredwell family) and is considered New York City’s only 19th century family home preserved intact. (The building was the first landmark designated by the city in 1965.)

“The risk of catastrophic damage to the Merchant’s House remains the same,” a public plea reads.

Meanwhile, the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 2 heard the proposal last week and rejected. It marked the third denial by CB2 for this developer since 2012.

You’ll recall that in September 2018, City Council unanimously voted to reject the developer’s application for a series of special permits (“spot zoning”) to erect an eight-story hotel. Four months later, Kalodop II sued the city and the Merchant’s House to overturn the ruling. (That lawsuit is still pending.) Under current zoning laws, however, the developer can still construct this six-story building on the site (subject to approval by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission).

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