Nosy Neighbor: Is 28 N. Moore Going Residential?

It looks like work is being done at 28-30 N. Moore. Is it going residential? —F.

There are no permits posted outside, so I looked up the building’s DOB paperwork, approved on September 7, which says that it’s a Type II Alteration, which means no change to use, exits, or occupancy. Conversions from commercial to residential are Type I. The documents listed interior demolition, plumbing and mechanical work, and no enlargements, and noted that the building is landmarked (or in a landmarked district?). Indeed, here’s the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval (PDF), which says the work will be on every floor, and includes “the demolition and construction of interior non-bearing partitions and finishes.”

Could it really not be going residential? On N. Moore between Varick and Hudson? That’s among the primest of prime Tribeca. And clearly it’s a handsome building, or will be.

Since I’m not an expert at reading these documents, I called the architect listed there, H. Thomas O’Hara, but the project manager couldn’t talk about the project. Then I noticed a phone number for the owner, George Moscahlades (just like on the sign!). Someone who sounded like he didn’t want to talk confirmed it would be residential and the conversation was over. Only afterward did I realize it could’ve been someone else—an email for someone named Ted (which could be George) at Imian Partners (a real estate developer) was listed next to the phone number that I had called. The next day, I called George/Ted again, and left a message. I don’t expect to hear back.

I found a phone number for Moscahlades Brothers, but it no longer has anything to do with the building, according to the guy I spoke with.

Then I got an email from a reader, R., who has helped with previous real estate matters, so I asked him about it (even though I was hoping not to bug him unless necessary). He pointed out a DOB filing that I had somehow missed. It’s dated August 8 and it says that the project is a “residential conversion of an existing non-residential building,” still with no enlargement. I don’t understand why the Sept. 7 document says it’s a Type II, unless the entire plan was changed, which seems highly unlikely.

Sorry if that’s more than you want to know.

UPDATE (from R.): “The demo is basically their knocking down interior walls etc. etc. – hence an Alt II – no changes to egress as it is if anything it is increasing egress avenues not decreasing it. Interior Demo. The second filing I sent your way is for the actual conversion plan – Alt 1- they will be putting in all the amenities, walls, bathrooms etc. etc. required to convert this into the ‘residential.’ Definitely their intent to make this a residential building.”

UPDATE #2: Curbed is much better at reading DOB paperwork than I am: “Since the DOB residential conversion permit was not approved, clearly the project isn’t finalized. But, just for fun, let’s look at what the plans would bring if they do get approved. The building would be seven stories, with a cellar and a mezzanine. Floors two through seven would each have one unit, and the first floor would be shared by a retail store and another unit. According to the application, part of the first floor unit would be on the mezzanine level, and it would have a ‘recreation room’ in the cellar. The cellar would also have the super’s office, a fitness room, and storage areas.”

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5 Comments

  1. i was walking my dog by here about a week and a half ago and struck up a conversation with the construction workers outside (they couldn’t resist petting my Shiba!). They said the owner was converting the building to rental units, each being rented out for $2,000/month – I thought the price was wrong because this is TriBeCa and there is NO WAY any rent, even for a studio in a walk up would be that low…

  2. Hi, can you tell me the correct pronunciation of Desbrosses Street (if there is one)?

    TIA,

    KP

  3. @KP: I asked Oliver E. Allen (who writes the history column for the Tribeca Trib) back when I put together the Tribeca Pronunciation Guide (https://tribecacitizen.com/2011/01/20/try-beck-uh/), and he said this: “The Des is most likely Dess, and I’d say the brosses rhymes with bosses. It’s hard to say, though: It’s an Anglicization of a French name, and we don’t know how people pronounced it when they first converted it to English.” I didn’t ask, but I assume the accent is on “brosses.”

  4. I’m certain there’s no way it’s going for $2k/month – if it is, I want one…

  5. And, although Landmarks Preservation Commission staff has to sign off on all building permits in a historic district, if the work won’t change the appearance of the building, they don’t really have a say. LPC is specifically not supposed to address how a building is used.

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