The Orchard Street Hell Building can now add "Dropped a piece of lumber through the rear windshield of a parked car" to its long list of misdeeds. The still-under-construction building, which will one day be a Hotel Indigo, was hit with a stop work order after, according to Department of Buildings records, a five-foot-long 4x3 piece of lumber detached from the site and landed on a car parked on Ludlow Street, shattering the rear windshield.
A comprehensive summary of Orchard Street Hell Building's career highlights from 2004-2009 can be found here. And it looks like we're about due for another one:
2009: With plans to build some sort of weird strip mall not panning out, the site once again hits the market as a potential hotel.
2009: The hotel across the street starts complaining about the site's hideousness. In response, developers Misrahi Realty commission a street artist to paint a mural on it.
2010: After long period of inactivity, the currently-two-story building starts showing signs of life, with mysterious construction noises and windows.
2010: The building somehow lands a tenant, fashion label Teri Jon.
2011: The site sells for $46 million to a couple of new developers, who revive the hotel idea.
2012: For the design, the developers tap architects Isaac & Stern, who, incidentally, will go on to create these two designs.
2013: The two-story building is demolished.
2013: The hotel is rising fast, and also getting hit with full and partial stop work orders for improper/lack of structural support on columns in the mezzanine and sub-cellar levels and who knows what else.
2014: The thing with the lumber and the car and the windshield.
And that brings us up to date. Here's to a great 2014 for the Orchard Street Hell Building.
· Orchard Hell Building Slapped with Stop Work Order Thanks to Falling Debris Onto Ludlow [Bowery Boogie]
· 180 Orchard Street coverage [Curbed]