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Tory Burch sued again over Soho flagship

Neighbor claims work at 151 Mercer caused damage to his property
By E.B. Solomont | December 22, 2016 10:30AM

Construction site at 151 Mercer Street and Tory Burch (credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)

Tory Burch’s flagship in Soho is turning into a fashion flop, with a second neighbor suing over property damage related to construction of the four-store store.

Michael Salzhauer, who owns a three-story building at 149 Mercer Street, claims that his 200-year-old property incurred structural damage as a result of drilling at Burch’s planned store at 151 Mercer. In his suit, filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court, he describes cracks and water leaks in his cellar, which he claims Burch has refused to repair. In addition to Burch, the suit names construction manager Skanska and engineers Thornton Thomasetti and Langan Engineering Environmental Surveying & Landscaping Architecture.

In the suit, Salzhauer said damage to his property appeared after Burch began construction in 2014.

He claims that despite an agreement to fix such damage, Burch has refused to do so.

Representatives for the designer could not immediately be reached.

It’s the second time the fashion designer has been slapped with a lawsuit related to her planned flagship store.

Landlord Herbert Moskowitz also sued the designer in 2015, claiming that work on the store caused extensive damage to his property at 153 Mercer.

Moskowitz sought $500,000 in damages, and asked for construction to be halted until damage to his property could be rectified.

But the designer struck back — claiming in a countersuit that Moskowitz’s “frivolous litigation” had delayed work at 151 Mercer.

Her suit claimed that his opposition to the project cost her “millions of dollars” stemming from lost profits, construction costs and rent obligations.

The store was originally slated for completion in July 2015.