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Landmarks OKs Youngwoo’s conversion of Bronx post office

Developer plans market and retail, as well as office space
February 12, 2015 03:07PM

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a revised plan by Youngwoo & Associates to convert the Bronx General Post Office to a retail and dining destination.

Young Woo is planning a market and other retail, as well as a downsized post office for the ground floor and basement levels. Two floors above will house office space, and the rooftop will host a restaurant with a retractable roof and possibly a beer garden, Curbed reported.

When the proposal for 558 Grand Concourse was first presented in January, the design was L-shaped. However, it has been reconfigured to a rectangular shape that appeased the commissioners. The exterior and the landmarked lobby, which contains 13 murals, will also be restored as part of the plans.

The developer picked up the landmarked 1937 building in September for $19 million, and filed permits for its conversion in December. The architects are Jay Valgora of Studio V Architecture and Cas Stachelberg of Higgins Quasebarth & Partners. [Curbed] — Tess Hofmann