In December, the plan for the west side of the iconic Pearl Paint complex’s redevelopment went before the Landmarks Preservation. At the time, the proposal for 308-310 Canal Street was deemed too bulky by the commission, and no action was taken. The applicant went before the commission again on Tuesday and, again, no action was taken.
308 Canal Street and 310 Canal Street are both four-story, through-block, store and loft buildings. 308 is Italianate in style and was constructed between 1864 and 1865. It also occupies the address 55 Lispenard Street. 310 is taller, neo-Grec in style, was designed by John J. Devoe, Jr., and built in 1879. It also occupies the address 53 Lispenard Street, and is wider on that side. They both fell under the LPC’s jurisdiction when the Tribeca East Historic District was designated in 1992.
Pearl Paint was pushed out of its home in 2014, a victim of rent hikes. 304-306 Canal Street has already been redeveloped into four apartments, with listings starting at $16,000 a month.
As for 308-310 Canal Street, the revised plan was, like the original, presented by Grayson Jordan of Paul A. Castrucci’s Lower East Side-based architecture firm. The plan is still for retail on the ground floor, followed by residential units above, including in a rooftop addition.
There was no objection to that, nor to the removal of the fire escape from the Lispenard Street side of 308 Canal Street. The revised proposal included a single-story reduction on the Canal Street side of the project, down from a two-story addition in December. Some of the height reduction was accomplished by stopping an elevator on a lower floor within a duplex, Jordan said.
It also included a new paint scheme for the cast iron storefronts and color differentiation between the rooftop additions for each building. However, the commissioners found the revised proposal didn’t go far enough to reduce the visibility of either the addition or a rooftop bulkhead.
“You didn’t do what we asked you to,” said LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan. But, she added, “We’re close.” “It’s certainly better,” said Commissioner John Gustafsson.
Commissioner Michael Goldblum questioned the existence of a railing, since there is no plan for a roof deck. Jordan said they could remove it. Goldblum also suggested that the stair bulkhead be replaced with a hatch, also because access would only be for egress and maintenance.
Stay tuned for the next revision to this project, whenever it goes before the commission.