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Century-Old Lower East Side Building Will Get 12-Story Topper

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The planned changes to the Lower East Side's historic Provident Loan Society Building are officially a go: The building's owners filed permits with the Department of Buildings to add a topper that will bring 38 luxury apartments to the structure, according to Bowery Boogie.

As previously reported, the addition will bring 41,000 square feet of space to the otherwise squat building on the corner of East Houston Street and Essex Street. That'll be broken up into 38 apartments, plus outdoor space and a fitness room, along with 6,800 square feet of retail. When we previously reported on this development, renderings from Bluarch were attached to it; however, the firm has denied it's currently involved with the project, and according to Bowery Boogie, the permits name Rogers Partner Architects (whose work includes the mixed-use development at Sackett Street and Union Street in Carroll Gardens, among others), as the firm of record.

Neighborhood residents are, as you can probably guess, not too keen on this development: Bowery Boogie called it a "tumor," and a petition that's circulating calls for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to protect the building, which does not have landmark status.
· Permits Filed for 12-Story Tumor Atop Provident Loan Society Building East Houston Street [Bowery Boogie]
· Preserve The Provident Loan Society Building on Houston and Essex [Change.org]
· Historic Lower East Side Building May Get Anachronistic Topper [Curbed]