Well, here's something you don't see every day. The Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue, a landmark structure at 60 Norfolk Street, has asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission for permission to demolish the religious institute. And if that new doesn't break the hearts of preservationists everywhere, the fact that the synagogue's leadership wants to replace the building with a new residential structure certainly will. The Lo Down reported the news before the holiday weekend.
The building has been closed for more than four years, and earlier this summer, it was reported that the synagogue's leadership was seeking a developer to restore and convert the building. But given the tremendous amount of work the building needs, that plan proved to not be financially feasible. The new mixed use building could be up to 45,000-square-feet, and it would have a synagogue on the ground floor, with residences above.
· Leadership of Historic Norfolk Street Synagogue Seeks Permission to Demolish Landmarked Building [LoDown]
· Landmarked LES Synagogue Seeks Developer to Save It [Curbed]