photo credit: Loop Net
It will take a lot of imagination, work and money to transform the ugly box building at 166 Smith Street into a retail store or restaurant. But anyone brave enough to attempt to do so can now rent the 4,800 square foot space and to make things a bit easier, the owner will install a new storefront "with tenant's design input." The rent is negotiable, but since this is one of the largest commercial spaces on Smith Street, it is sure to be sizable.
Plans have also been filed (but were disapproved in June 2010) with the NYC Department of Buildings to add two additional floors to the existing structure. The architect listed on the application is Alfred Menziuso of Grasso Menziuso Architects, the firm behind the Williamsburg apartment building which collapsed in April of this year.
Some work was underway last week when I took the photos above.
The building was used for years by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for storage and for a base of operations during repairs on the F and G subway lines.
I would love to know about the history of the building and how it ended up with the cinderblock façade in the first place. Does anyone know?