Chelsea landmark may be disfigured

TRD New York /
Jan.January 06, 2011 09:56 AM

Tony Mamounas has ignored a Department of Buildings’ demand that he dismantle a fifth story that was added to a Chelsea landmark that may be the only surviving documented Manhattan station on the Underground Railroad, the Times reported. Mamounas, the building’s owner, had been ordered to remove the addition by last month, but neighbors say that work has been proceeding on the property, a Greek revival house at 339 West 29th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, which was once home to prominent abolitionists. “It’s just come to this desperate situation,” said Fern Luskin, an architectural historian who lives on the block and has taken up the cause of protecting the building. “[The addition] will permanently disfigure the evidence of what happened there.” The DOB initially allowed the addition in March 2005, but revoked the permit in July 2009 after hearing complaints and after finding that the expansion did not meet fire safety codes. In November, the city ordered Mamounas to remove the additional floor by Dec. 7, but he is expected to appeal the order. [NYT]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
1323 Boston Road, Jeff Fox (Credit: Google Maps)

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project
An aerial of 700 Atlantic Avenue with Greenland USA CEO Hu Gang (Credit: Google Maps; Gang via CGCC)

Greenland plans 41-story resi tower at Pacific Park

Greenland plans 41-story resi tower at Pacific Park
DOB Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca (Credit: iStock)

City tweaks affordable housing construction rules to comply with state guidelines

City tweaks affordable housing construction rules to comply with state guidelines
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Cuomo by  (Photos by John Lamparski/NurPhoto; Newsday RM via Getty Images)

State allows more construction, but raises questions on housing

State allows more construction, but raises questions on housing
Map of essential active construction sites (Credit: NYC Department of Buildings)

City clears another 300 construction sites for “emergency” work

City clears another 300 construction sites for “emergency” work
From left: 66 Hudson Boulevard, 200 Amsterdam Avenue and One Vanderbilt (Credit: Tishman Speyer; 200 Amsterdam; KPF)

Some luxury condos, office towers escape construction ban

Some luxury condos, office towers escape construction ban
Construction workers ending their work day on March 16 (Credit: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Boston shuts down construction sites amid coronavirus fears

Boston shuts down construction sites amid coronavirus fears
122 Sanford Street and Yaniv Cohen (Credit: Google Maps)

Leviathan Capital bringing 132-unit project to Bed-Stuy

Leviathan Capital bringing 132-unit project to Bed-Stuy
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...