Fans of the Lower East Side's many stalled concrete shells will remember that 180 Ludlow Street, first intended to be the Hotel Ludlow, tried to switch teams and become a 158-unit rental building. Now that plan is off, The Lo-Down reports, because developer Serge Hoyda has been running into trouble getting the go-ahead from city officials. Hoyda's new plan? Back to a hotel! But since 180 Ludlow's permits expired in November, Hoyda needs permission for an extension. Community Board 3 supports his efforts, but now the developer will have to head back to the Board of Standards and Appeals, the same group that has been giving him trouble. What a headache! Actually, Hoyda's got two of 'em.
The Lo-Down also reports that 163 Orchard Street, yet another stalled Lower East Side hotel, is also a Hoyda joint. This one never get off the ground, and the foundation wasn't even complete with the neighborhood was downzoned, which made the planned 11-story height a no-no. But CB3 also just gave Hoyda its conditional support to re-start work on this badboy, and he'll dance with the BSA on that topic, as well. As for 163 Orchard's original Stories_NY design, the renderings no longer appear on the website of architecture firm Grzywinski + Pons (of Hotel on Rivington and Nolitan fame), so it's unclear what this finger building may one day look like.
· Hotel Developer Back to “Square One” at 180 Ludlow and 163 Orchard [The Lo-Down]
· 180 Ludlow Street coverage [Curbed]
· 163 Orchard Street coverage [Curbed]