Destruction of former Beastie Boy’s Soho home will make way for luxury mixed-use building

July 11, 2012 01:30PM

A final effort from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation to save a 190-year-old Soho building that was once home to Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has failed to produce landmark status for the property, DNAinfo reported. It will now give way to a seven-story retail and residential structure.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission decided that the 2,560-square-foot townhouse, located at 186 Spring Street, between Thompson and Sullivan streets, had deviated to far from its original state to be worth preserving.

“After a careful evaluation and site visit, we’ve determined that 186 Spring St. doesn’t rise to the level of an individual landmark,” an LPC spokesperson said. “Though the building retains its original gable roof and some of its brickwork, few original details remain on the ground floor, windowsills and other attributes.”

The ruling came as a blow to locals who wished to see the 1824 Federal-style residence rescued from demolition. As The Real Deal previously reported, Horovitz sold the residence to Stephane Boivin, head of Nordica development, for $5.5 million this past March. The Canadian developer is now planning to raze the building and combine it with a development on an adjacent property, despite his previous statement that 186 Spring Street would be for his “personal use.”

Bovin purchased the adjacent 182 Spring Street property for $10.1 million in April 2011. He is planning a seven-story, mixed-use building that will have two floors of retail, three single-floor apartments and a duplex penthouse. [DNAinfo]