Demolition permits have been filed by Nexus Development a two-story building at 171 Chrystie Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Its dismantlement is considered an emergency due to damage inflicted nearly two weeks ago from what’s being described as a concrete blowout. Next door, a ten-story building by the same developer and ODA Architecture is already under construction, at 173 Chrystie Street.
The site was the former location of the ‘New Beer Distributors,’ a drinks emporium operating from half of 171 Chrystie Street as well as 167 Chrystie Street. It closed down this February. Bowery Boogie covered the closure, with “high taxes and declining sales” cited as reasons for the shuttering.
The building has been subject to numerous serious complaints as early as 1993, when someone reported instability from defective masonry. In 2015, roofers declared that beams would not support someone on the roof, and pipes froze during the winter preventing the retail space from operating.
Further down the street is another 10-story construction site at 165 Chrystie Street, with design by ODA Architecture and development by Nexus. Once demolition at 171 is complete, Nexus is almost guaranteed to consider permits for a new building by ODA, leaving 167 Chrystie Street as the only structure preventing Nexus from connecting their projects.