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Conversion Crazy: From Asylum to Lofts on West 16th Street

Fixing up a church-run asylum for use as luxury lofts can be a tough sell in any market. So it looks like the buyer of 124 West 16th Street will be tearing down the "Miscellaneous Asylum and Home" he purchased for $4 million, before proceeding with plans to construct a six-floor building with floor-through residences. Some digging by Manhattan Loft Guy reveals that this is not the first time that the LLC buyer of 124 West 16th Street has worked with David Howell of DND Architecture Design PLLC to effect a residential loft conversion of a building. Demolition and building permits filed with the Dept. of Buildings, however, indicate that the present building will be knocked down and a completely new building will be put in place.
Here's a prior collaboration between the developer of 124 West 16th Street and architect David Howell:
225 East 24th Street

· Will It Be Lofts? New Residential Development to Replace "Asylum" at 124 West 16 Street [ManhattanLoftGuy]
· Construction Watch [Curbed]
· 225 East 24th Street [Curbed]