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    Default 100 Varick Street (10-story Residential)

    Proposed 10-story building at 100 Varick Street seeks variance





    09-MAY-06

    The New York City Board of Standards & Appeals held a hearing this afternoon on an application for a zoning variance to permit residential use at 100 Varick Street, which is in a manufacturing district.

    100 Varick Street LLC, of which Charles Friedman is a principal, wants to demolish an existing three-story, 19th Century commercial building on the site, which is between Watts and Broome Streets in SoHo, and erect a 10-story residential apartment building.

    Fredrick A. Becker, the zoning lawyer representing the developer, told the board that the proposed building is across the street from buildings taller than 10 stories and would therefore not be altering the project’s context.

    The project would contain 79 apartments and commercial space on the first floor. An earlier plan called for 27 apartments.

    It has been designed by Michael Even of the EM Design Group, who told CityRealty.Com that the apartments will be rental units, adding, however, “that may change.”

    The board will continue the hearing June 20 as Mr. Becker told the board that the developer is negotiating the purchase of an easement that may affect the project and that its bulk might be lowered.

    The American Red Cross leased space for a downtown headquarters after September 11, 2001 in a low-rise building on the site for five years but negotiated a termination after two years due to the “awkward layout” of the space.

    The zoning and land-use committee of Community Board 2 held a hearing on the proposal recently and had no problem with the zoning change but expressed concerns about the height of the building.

    David B. Reck, chairman of the zoning committee of Community Board 2, submitted to the board today its resolution last November that maintained that “the proposed residential occupancy is very appropriate for the site,” adding that “the sub-standard size of the lot creates difficulties in developing the site,” and “the additional costs of building next to the subway are significant for a project of this size.” The board’s resolution recommended approval of the project if it is built to a F.A.R. (floor-to-area ratio) of 8.


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    It's certainly about time more developement occured within the Hudson Square neighborhood. It truly is one of the most stunning and underused sections of Lower Manhattan. Due to its proximity to the Holland tunnel there are still several parking lots ripe for development. To bad this sister of Jean Nouvel's Mercer project isn't building atop one of those, but ya gotta' love any project that is both rentals and purple glass!

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    That area definitely could use more rental areas and any new development with good commercial space is a plus because the area also needs some banks/duane reades....

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    needs some banks/duane reades....
    A POX ON YOUR HEAD!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    A POX ON YOUR HEAD!!!!!!!
    I'm just telling it like it is. I'm in that area and having to take a cab to get toilet paper is beat....

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    Cool

    When I lived over there I used to get my toilet paper at a deli or bodega in SoHo (walking distance).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache
    When I lived over there I used to get my toilet paper at a deli or bodega in SoHo (walking distance).
    Generally that area is in need of more services and with all the million+ condos going up, it wouldn't surprise me to see someone put up a duane reade. If there is going to be one (and we all know there will be one eventually), varick seems like a decent place for it. There are a bunch of random delis and things in that vicinity now so a duane reade or a bank wouldn't seem all that out of context.

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    Many many years ago there was a good sized Citibank on Varick near Spring. Mainly catered to the printing businesses that used to be in Hudson Square area.

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    Posted by krulltime in the "Manhattan Residential Development" thread ...

    Board of Standards & Appeals approves new SoHo building



    09-AUG-06

    The New York City Board of Standards & Appeals granted a variance yesterday to permit residential use at 100 Varick Street, which is located in a manufacturing zone.

    100 Varick Street LLC, of which Charles Friedman is a principal, wanted to demolish an existing three-story, 19th Century commercial building on the site, which is between Watts and Broome Streets in SoHo, and erect a 10-story residential apartment building.

    At a prior hearing, Fredrick A. Becker, the zoning lawyer representing the developer, told the board that the proposed building is across the street from buildings taller than 10 stories and would therefore not be altering the project’s context.

    An early plan for the project called for 27 apartments, but that number was increased to 79 at the previous hearing at the Board of Standards and Appeals.

    The zoning and land-use committee of Community Board 2 held a hearing on the proposal recently and had no problem with the zoning change but expressed concerns about the height of the building.

    David B. Reck, chairman of the zoning committee of Community Board 2, submitted to the board's prior hearing on the project its resolution last November that maintained that “the proposed residential occupancy is very appropriate for the site,” adding that “the sub-standard size of the lot creates difficulties in developing the site,” and “the additional costs of building next to the subway are significant for a project of this size.” The board’s resolution recommended approval of the project if it is built to a F.A.R. (floor-to-area ratio) of 8.

    Mr. Becker told CityRealty.com today that the plan approved by the board yesterday has been revised again and now calls an eight-story building with 61 rental apartments.

    Mr. Becker said that no new architectural renderings were available yet but that it will be a glass-clad, 80-foot-high structure. The rendering at the right is of the previously plan for a 10-story building with 79 apartments. Michael Even of the EM Design Group is the architect for the project.

    The American Red Cross leased space for a downtown headquarters after September 11, 2001 in a low-rise building on the site for five years but negotiated a termination after two years due to the “awkward layout” of the space.

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    As usual this building is mis-labeled as being in "SoHo".

    100 Varick is actually in Hudson Square and is just two blocks south of the Trump "Condo-tel" project.

    However this one sits right on the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. Lots of nasty traffic there, moving north to south down Varick and east to west across Watts. Notorious honking at all intersections on weekend afternoons.

    Better do triple pane windows in this one

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    Prior DISAPPROVED DOB Application from 12/09/2003 (applicant: Michael Even - E M Design Group) for this ^^ site:
    This application is filed to review zoning only. To enlarge existing 3 story commercial building to a 12 story with penthouse. Commercial and residential building.

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    Default Probably why they'e making it a rental building.

    Everything to the Hudson seems to be Soho now.

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    From CURBED a short while back ...

    Hudson Square Heat at 100 Varick Too

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007, by Pete



    Things are hopping in Hudson Square, and it's not just the new Trump
    palace of peek-a-boo, about which we will have a great deal very shortly.
    That blue metal thing rising over Watts Street at the right in the photo
    above is a the new Peter Poon hotel, unpopular before it has even opened.
    In between those two sites, at 100 Varick Street, four old buildings are being
    demo-ed to make way for something new. Will the building in the rendering
    be what goes up on this busy block between Watts and Broome? Seems it's
    anybody's guess.

    The rendering above is for a 10-story residential building from the EM Design Group.
    It was bandied about last year by the gang over at Wired New York.
    Back then the development site consisted solely of the two properties along
    the length of the Varick Street block (and directly across from the entrance
    to the Holland Tunnel). Those two lots are owned by a group called 100
    Varick Realty LLC. A few months back they bought an old walk-up around
    the corner at 557 Broome. Then, in July they grabbed the last of the four
    lots, a pretty little thing at 66 Watts Street, for $2.4 M. Meanwhile, some
    folks around Watts Street are wondering what's up. If anybody out there
    knows what is planned for this site, our tip line stands ready.


    This is the entire development site as seen from above.


    Here's Watts Street looking west, with 100 Varick and 66 Watts at the far left.


    Some demolition porn from 100 Varick.


    And, finally, the demo site from across the Holland Tunnel entry ramps.

    · Trump Soho Under Glass: Revealing and Concealing [Curbed]
    · CurbedWire: No Love for Poon on Watts [Curbed]
    · 100 Varick Street [Wired New York]
    · Flower Box Awards: 66 Watts Street [apartmentthearapy.com]

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    A small part of what is coming down so that something new can go up at 100 Varick ..

    RIP 66 Watts Street ...











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    Thumbs down

    This is a shame. The new building isnt worth tearing down the older structures.

    I can't say I'm suprised, this is, after all, New York in 2007.

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    for those of us who sandwiched between varick and trump developments, the earthquakes never stop.

    the workers (at 100 varick)spend most of their days moving bricks from one pile to another in between stop work orders from the city.

    fun, fun, fun.

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    Its AMAZING what you see in NYC during tear-downs.

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