In 2007, construction halted on what was planned to be a 14-story hotel at 25 Great Jones Street in NoHo. Ever since then, an incomplete building shell has stood out in the historic district, and not in a good way. The bad news is that the scaffolding isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The good news, however, is that it’s due to the recent approval of new condos for the Lower Manhattan building.
According to a report by Curbed, the new condo building at 25 Great Jones Street was approved unanimously by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on November 19th. The skinny, tall and set-back building that was originally planned will be reduced from 14 to 11 stories. Of course, developers wouldn’t just pass up on allotted mass, so they’re adding a seven-story section along the street wall, which blends much more appropriately with the surrounding NoHo buildings.
This is how 25 Great Jones Street currently looks from the intersection of Great Jones and Lafayette Street:
This is a rendering of the formerly-planned hotel:
And this is the condo building that was approved by the LPC:
Designed by BKSK Architects, the facade at 25 Great Jones street will be composed of glass and COR-TEN steel, which will, over time, produce a rusted appearance. In the rendering, the wall that faces Lafayette street doesn’t look much better than it does in its current state, but the developers plan to have a mural painted by Jose Parla, whose contemporary style is not likely to be diminished when a building ultimately rises at the adjacent site.