In February, we reported that 67 Vestry owner Aby Rosen filed plans for a new 11-story building at the corner site in Tribeca.
67 Vestry’s current tenants have other plans and created an online petition that seeks to grant landmark protection to the building. It appears that the petition began to circulate on Saturday, March 8th and had reached 302 signatures when this story was published.
The petition was initiated by the building’s residents along with Tribeca Trust, a community organization that works to preserve the historical character of the neighborhood.
Built in 1897, 67 Vestry was the first large purpose-built warehouse of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company in New York, the petitioners say. The company, which was founded in New York in 1859, is better known as the A & P today.
The petition argues that “lesser and later” A & P warehouses are National Landmarks so 67 Vestry should be as well. It also says that the building’s architects, Frank Dinkelberg and Frank Helme, are highly regarded architects of landmark buildings in the US and New York City.
A tip sent through to BuzzBuzzHome News says 15 of the building’s 21 units are currently occupied.
Rosen’s RFR firm is looking to build a 134-foot residential building with 42 units. The permit filed with the city lists SLCE as the architect of record. Rosen purchased the 25-unit building in 2005 for $16.5 million, according to public records.
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