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Rendering of proposed structure at 21 Greenwich Avenue posted by RKTB Architects
With little fanfare, RKTB Architects recently published a rendering depicting a new five-story building at the northwest corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 10th Street in Greenwich Village. The Instagram post dating from September 23, lists no further details regarding the project besides the address at 21 Greenwich Avenue. The two-lot parcel that includes a lower wing at 128 West 10th Street is squarely located within the beloved Greenwich Village Historic District and will thus require Landmarks Preservation Commission approval for any non-emergency exterior alterations and demolition.
Currently, the site holds a charming albeit structurally unsound 3-story wood-framed and masonry building that has been shrouded in construction netting since 2014. Two violations issued by the Department of Buildings last year remain open. One of which states that cracking and bulging is present along the building's load-bearing masonry walls. Plans filed by Michael A. Geyer Architect in 2014 indicate that an exterior renovation of the building is ongoing.
Google Streetview of the building from 2014
Up until last year, the ground floor held the Italian eatery Grano Trattoria which shuttered after 17 years in business due to a lease-renewal terms, with the landlord asking for significantly higher rent. According to an article by DNAinfo, the restaurant's business was also hurt by ongoing roadwork and the scaffolding surrounding the storefront which diminished its visibility.
The design published by RKT&B is likely preliminary and shows a 5-story structure clad in red brick and distinguished by an alternating pattern of floor-to-ceiling windows and a large cornice. Balconies along Greenwich Ave. hint that the upper floors will be residential and awnings above the ground floor suggest retail will return to the corner
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