The big condo plan for an old industrial building at 325 West Broadway, set to rise in the shadow of Justin Timberlake's Soho Mews penthouse, is alive once again. Dubbed the Chocolate Factory, this 9-story, 20-unit plan from architect Beyhan Karahan was first revealed back in the summer of 2008, but it hit the skids in the dark days of 2009. Now a new application has been filed at the Department of Buildings and demolition is imminent.
The plan goes through the full block from West Broadway to Wooster Street, where two landmarked three-story brick buildings will be restored. A crew boring down to test the soil recently dug through the sidewalk just inches away from the old facades, a long-time canvas for street art of all sorts. The big parking lot next door at Grand and Wooster, where French artist JR installed one of his mega-portraits, has cleared out the car lifts to make way for scaffolding. Now that money is starting to flow, the transformation of this corner of Soho, where buildings were tilting no so long ago, is back in motion.
· Residential Projects 325 West Broadway [Beyhan Karahan and Associates]
· 325 West Broadway New Building [NYC Department of Buildings]
· Chocolate Factory coverage [Curbed]