Wednesday, March 09, 2011

After Wall Collapse And Long Delays, 217 Court Street Getting "Steeled"

This past Saturday on Court Street

Steel beams ready to be hoisted onto the building

Workers on the roof at 217 Court Street

Pedestrians looking up at the scene on Saturday

And on Monday afternoon...

Steel structure assembled on roof by Monday

The steel structure as seen from street level



After a back wall collapsed at 217 Court Street in May 2009, work on the four-story building that once housed a methadone clinic has progressed slowly. It was totally gutted in early 2010, but over the last few months, not much seemed to be happening at the site.
However, this last Saturday, a huge crane was lifting up steel beams onto the building. The delivery blocked half of Court Street and offered quite a spectacle for pedestrians.

By Monday, a steel frame had been erected on the roof. The NY DoB permit for this property reads:
"PAA filed to convert the cellar, 1st, 2nd,3rd & 4th floor from meeting and caretakers apartment into five (5) dwelling units and commercial. No change to bulk is proposed. A New certificate of occupancy is proposed."

Not sure about the renovation stating that no additional bulk is proposed for the building. That steel addition on the roof looks plenty bulky to me.

It will however be nice to have the scaffolding come down after so much time.

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Jim said...

That bulky addition appears to be setback. For some reason, they have different regulations than just another floor or story, even though they obviously are another floor or story. Maybe some of your readers can explain that stuff to me. Never understood the DOB.

Katia said...

I know that this side of Court Street is neither land-marked, nor is is part of a special height district, which is a pity.
The building seems to go all the way to the back of the lot line, which I believe is allowed in a commercial overlay area like Court Street.
It would be interesting to know if they had enough FAR left for any additional height.
Any architects out there that can help us understand?