New renderings have been exclusively revealed to YIMBY for the transformation of 165 Mercer Street, in SoHo. The historic building was constructed between 1870 and 1871 under design by Henry Fernbach, and faithfully served the city as a parking garage since 1921. However, as we reported in September of 2016, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved changes for the site to undergo a conversion to office and retail use, which will be accompanied by a new penthouse level, as well.
The cast-iron classic currently rises 85 feet from the curb divided between five stories. Presently, the space offers up 24,834 square feet of space, but post-conversion the building will grow a sixth floor.
Current plans call for the ground floor and cellar to be leased out as retail space, with floors two through six to be leasable office space. The added sixth floor will be created out of a red-brick facade to match the style of the extant building. The new space will be featured as a penthouse duplex, which will also come with its own private terrace.
In a joint venture with the family who owns the building, development and design firm, Flank has undertaken the task of bringing essentially what stands as a frame of a building into a habitable space.
Other than the addition of the sixth floor, facade changes are minimal; the most noticeable will be changing the color from its original iron gray to a much brighter cream. Fire escapes will also be removed from both front and rear facades.
Front windows will be replaced with new two-over-two, double hung, wood windows, to match what is presently in place. Two new windows will also be added to the fifth floor. The building’s rear windows will be replaced with aluminum units and cast iron will be rehabilitated where needed.
Office leasing is set to be handled by Cushman & Wakefield, with retail leasing handled by CBRE.