Last month, it was a Department of Building denial for a permit application. This month, the Landmarks Preservation Commission doesn’t appear too keen on the plans to combine three Upper East Side townhouses into a mega mansion. What’s a Russian billionaire to do?
Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea Football Club, wants to turn three buildings at 11-15 East 75th Street into a single 18,000-square-foot, five-story home.
The three townhouses are located in Upper East Side Historic District and require LPC approval for extensive renovation work.
Stephen Wang presented the LPC with a plan to combine the facades of the three buildings to create one entrance, which none of the commissioners welcomed, New York YIMBY reported.
While the commissioners praised some elements of the plan, overall they did not support it. No official action, however, was taken, according to YIMBY.
The permit application to the DOB was submitted in November.
Starting in October 2014, the oligarch acquired the three properties in separate transactions valued at a combined $78 million. Abramovich, who made his fortune in his country’s commodities sector, bought 11 East 75th Street for $29.7 million from Stellar Management head Larry Gluck. He then purchased 15 East 75th Street for $18.3 million in December 2014 and for $30 million last July. [NY YIMBY] — Dusica Sue Malesevic