After ‘Close’ fight, 363 Lafayette architect given partial approval

December 07, 2009 03:32PM

The Department of Buildings has just approved part of BKSK Architects’ plan for a six-story commercial and retail building at 363 Lafayette Street, a move that could come as bad news to artist Chuck Close, who has lived at neighboring 20 Bond Street and has enjoyed the ample light that the empty space provided. Although it’s not immediately clear what part of the plan was approved, if the project does come to fruition it could mean a TKO for Close, who has been fighting with lot owner Olmstead Properties to block the project, Curbed reported. The lot is noteworthy not only for its ability to inspire ire between developer and artist — the oddly angled space will force one side of the proposed building to remain under 7 feet wide.


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