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Expansion Plans Revived for Cast Iron Building on Duane St.

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After the Landmarks Preservation Commission shot down plans for a four-story glassy addition at 172 Duane Street in 2008, the owner rented the place to hip hop impresario Damon Dash. But the rapper and his Warhol-esque clubhouse have vacated the space, and it looks like owner is going to try again to turn the place into a mega-mansion. The Observer spotted a newly filed application with the Department of Buildings for a four-story, two-family addition to rise atop the two-story commercial space. The lovely little cast iron building is located within the Tribeca West Historic District, so the plans will once again have to face Landmarks.

The 2008 plans, created by architect Vincenzo Polsinelli, proposed a garish modern 8,000-square-foot topper that the LPC said would "overpower" the historic building. A modified version of the plan was eventually approved, but no construction ever took place. Those plans have now expired, so the owner is back at square one in regards to approvals. The new architect of record is Christian Zambrano of Sibertekture Architects.
· Damon Dash's Former Hipster Haven at 172 Duane Street Wants To Be a Mega Mansion [NYO]
· 172 Duane Street coverage [Curbed]