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Historic Lower East Side bank building will sprout 12-story topper after scuttled landmarking effort

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The structure will be built atop the existing bank building, which will be restored

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Plans to landmark the Lower East Side’s Provident Loan Society building have been scuttled, and work on a proposed 12-story topper above the existing structure will now move forward, Bowery Boogie reports.

The city’s Department of Buildings approved a plan to add a 12-story addition to the structure located at 225 East Houston Street. The owners have been looking to expand the site for some time now, and under this approved plan, the building will sprout 38 apartments, many of which will have terraces. In addition, the existing single-story bank building will be restored, and converted into a retail space.

Following the announcement of the plans in 2015, local residents began campaigning to have the building landmarked. The proposal to landmark this over 100-year-old building received the support of the local community board as well, but it didn’t quite pass muster with the city.

Now the development plans are ready to move forward. The architect on the project, Rogers Architects, were reportedly inspired by the work of artist Jasper Johns (who lived and worked at 225 East Houston Street for a while) while creating their design for the project, according to Bowery Boogie. The publication also got it hands on a couple of new renderings for the project—head on over there to take a peek.