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CurbedWire: South Village Destructoporn, Harlem Co-op Story

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GREENWICH VILLAGE?The Landmarks Preservation Commission has pledged to look into this whole South Village Historic District thing, but they can't act soon enough as far as the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is concerned. The GVSHP relays via newsletter that 178 Bleecker has been dismantled (right), just like the owner threatened to do in order to replace the row house with an eight-story building. Also, a developer has filed plans for a seven-story building at 309 Sixth Avenue (between Carmine and West 4th Streets), also in the calendared landmark zone. The GVSHP wants the LPC to act fast and block the new building permits. [CurbedWire Inbox]

HARLEM?Hey, this has nothing to do with anything, but we enjoyed the story! A reader writes: "I was talking with a friend of mine who's on the board of a co-op in Harlem and he told me an interesting story: they had an investor who owned 3 units in their building and was failing to pay back maintenance. So they sued and have now forced the eviction of that investor from the co-op, meaning that an auction is bound to happen soon. The units are rented and basically losing money because the tenants pay a rent that's lower than the maintenance. The investor has now turned around and offered the board a chance to buy back the units for 5 figures after deducting the back-maintenance. So that board is now trying to figure out whether it should take the deal and then flip the properties." [CurbedWire Inbox]