Nosy Neighbor: What’s Happening at 172 Duane?

172 Duane 9414There’s a permit in the window of 172 Duane, but it’s behind the gate, so I can’t quite read it. What’s going on there? —R.

That’s the two-story building many folks around here remember unfondly as the home of Damon Dash’s Warholian nightmare. Back in 2008, the owner got approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a four-story addition (the top floor being set back). That permit was set to expire on August 14 of this year, so they filed for an extension, which was granted. The permit is now good for another three years, till Aug 16, 2017. In other words, the owner is reserving the right to do that design for three more years.

The Department of Buildings website, meanwhile, shows a permit approved Aug. 8: “SUBSEQUENT DOCUMENT FILED FOR FOUNDATION WORK AND SEPARATE FOUNDATION PERMIT. EXISTING TWO STORY STRUCTURE TO REMAIN AND A NEW 4 STORY ADDITION TO BE ADDED ABOVE. CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FOOTINGS AND REINFORCEMENT FOR NEW COLUMNS.” (The DOB application seems to require capital letters.) Anthony Coll, listed as the representative for owner 172 Duane Realty LLC, has not responded to an email or voice mail, but it seems safe to say that the addition is progressing.

I’m pretty sure this is the design that was approved (or something close to it).

172 Duane addition renderingGot a question? Email it to tribecacitizen@gmail.com or call/text 917-209-6473.

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