The saga continues at Tribeca’s 67 Vestry Street, where owner Aby Rosen plans to build a new 11-story project.
In February, Rosen’s RFR filed permits for a new 134-foot-tall building with 42 units at the corner site. Those plans were approved July 22nd — a blow to the existing structure’s tenants, who are trying to get the old 67 Vestry landmarked.
The new 50,162-square-foot development would have storage and indoor recreation space. SLCE is the architect of record. There will be six apartments per level on Floors 2 to 5, and three apartments per level on Floors 6 to 11. Diagram below:
Now, about that existing nine-story loft building on the 101-foot-wide lot; constructed in 1897, 67 Vestry was the first large purpose-built warehouse of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company in New York. The original architect was Frank Dinkelberg, and the warehouse received a two-story addition in 1910 by Frank Helme.
In 2005, Rosen bought the property for $16.5 million, according to Department of Finance records.
In March, the residents of old 67 Vestry teamed up with community group Tribeca Trust to create an online petition seeking landmark protection for the building. “Landmarking this handsome former warehouse would anchor the besieged Tribeca North Historic District nearby and provide visual evidence of a great period in our country’s commercial history,” the petition states. As of today, it has 1,602 signatures.
We have yet to see any permits filed for full demolition — just this application, approved earlier this month, for interior demolition. Perhaps part of the existing building will be salvaged?