Thursday, April 24, 2014

Regency Service Cart Building On Carroll Street Poised For Demolition

Regency Cart building in 2013

And below in April 2014, with scaffolding
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Last week, Sterling Equities, owner of 345 Carroll Street, between Hoyt and Bond Streets, informed neighboring residents that demolition permits have been issued by the NYC Department Of Buildings for the old two-story brick building on the site to make way for a new residential development. According to a notice distributed to condo owners of an adjacent building, demolition will begin within the next two weeks and will last about four to six weeks.
That demolition may be complicated by the fact that just two days ago, the Department of Buildings issued a Stop-Work Order for "work without permits."

According to Curbed, Sterling Equities purchased the building in May 2013 for $12.5 million and is planning a new building that will house 35 condominium apartments.
In November 2013, Sterling filed a change of address for the property from 337 Carroll Street to 345 Carroll Street.

Until recently, the building housed the Regency Service Carts company.  The family-run business made  equipment for the restaurant and hotel trade.


Anonymous said...

Sad. I always loved this building, the way it rambled down the block, the history of industry it had. It would have made an amazing one floor/skylighted loft (or two or three or four…). Those days are gone though. Now it's just tear it down and build it up, up, up…

Anonymous said...

And continue to overcrowd the neighborhood.. getting out of control.

Trumbull Bully said...

Bully here...

Too often the readers and proprietor of this blog bemoan development, especially development that adds density to our lovely neighborhood. At the same time you are stunned by the prices that some buildings and condos demand and are saddened by mom-and-pop stores that are force out. You can't have it both ways! Housing prices are based on supply and demand. Increased development that increases density should create a downward force on prices (good for renters and young families, like the Bullies) and increases the potential customer base for the local businesses. I can't fathom you reasoning for opposing this "overcrowding" unless you just want to keep this place for yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Union and Court, Satori, 360 Smith, Third and Bond and many other neighborhood development projects really succeeded in driving prices down. Wouldn't driving prices down create another banking crisis?

Why do people think they are entitled to a particular lifestyle or neighborhood if they can't afford it? I would love to live on the Promanade or in classic six on the park but that isn't happening.

Per a recently released report from Scott Stringer, the city needs more housing for low and moderate income people. This is who we should be building housing for in our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Trumball Bully, in case you were not aware, the Fifth Avenue Committee is hosting a zoning workshop next Tuesday as part of the Bridging Gowanus process. You may want to attend. I also hope that you have been participating in Bridging Gowanus and getting your voice heard.

Ben U. said...

Sterling Equities is owned by the same people who own the New York Mets. Hopefully they'll drive this new building's finances into the ground just like they did with the team's!

jwilde said...

Does anyone have any idea of the proposed building height? I know they're planning to raise the stories to four, but I'm wondering how the height in feet will affect those of us living in 376 President. Purely selfish request!

And I will second Anonymous's comment that it is/was an incredible, rambling building with really unusual eaves that would have contributed to an amazing lofted space. On the one hand, I'm sad to see that architecture and the factory, itself, go. And on the other, I'm hoping for another addition to the neighborhood that will accommodate far more people. Bittersweet. But I'm pulling for more sweet.

Katia said...

The Carroll Street site is located within the footprint of the Carroll Gardens Contextual Rezoning and now has a height limit of 50 feet or 5 stories. I heard that the developer intends on going up 4 stores, so that would be about 40 feet. Figure about 1o feet per story in most cases.