After stalling out amid the bust, the Hotel Ludlow started a bid for reanimation?as a 158-unit rental building made up mostly of rent-stabilized studios starting around $1,200 or $1,300/month. Now back to being plain old 180 Ludlow, the project, which now needs a zoning variance, and developer Serge Hoyda went before the Board of Standards and Appeals this week for a grillin'. On his side, Hoyda had letters from local politicos Daniel Squadron and Alan Gerson and support from owners of local eateries. But the rest of the LES? Not entirely sold on the project. The owner of adjacent swanky rental The Ludlow had a few less-than-pleased words to offer, blog The Lo-Down reports. And then there's the BSA, several members of which told Hoyda they weren't sure he could blame the economy for the construction difficulties that stalled his project in its early hotel days. Said one commissioner, "This kind of seems like a problem you created on your own." How so? One of Hoyda's complaints is that the subway tunnel under the site means the building needs a new foundation. But, the commissioners pointed out, the subway tunnel has been there all along. Harsh! The BSA should hand down its decision in April.
· Tough Questions for the Owner of 180 Ludlow [The Lo-Down]
· 180 Ludlow coverage [Curbed]