156 Perry Street Demolition

Text and photo by Brian J Pape, AIA

Almost seven years ago, demolition permits were issued for 156-164 Perry Street, a mid-block parcel between Washington and West Streets, consisting of two three-story townhouses, a two-story structure and a single-story garage. It sat dormant until this past month, when sidewalk scaffolding went up and hand-tool demolition started.

William Gottlieb Real Estate filed at the Department of Buildings for a new six-story, 18-unit residential building, designed by the Morris Adjmi Architect firm. No renderings of the design have yet been published but if other Gottlieb/Adjmi projects are an indication, it’s likely these will be brick-faced condos.

The 6,485-square-foot parcel runs to Charles Lane at the back and it’s only half a block to the Hudson River Park. In the photo above (viewed from Charles Lane and Washington Street looking west) workers have gotten the three-story brick walls down to the first floor. The adjacent 166 Perry Street, an eight-story, 20-unit luxury condo built in 2008, is shown towering over the site. West Village Houses are on the right.

According to plans, 156 Perry Street will contain 31,000 square feet with each residential unit averaging 1,130 square feet, plus amenities of parking for three cars, a fitness center, bicycle storage, laundry facilities and a common rooftop terrace. It is not in an historic district.