After nearly four months before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the final piece of the former Pearl Paint store in TriBeCa is on its way to redevelopment. On Tuesday, the commission approved work at 308-310 Canal Street.
As we’ve told you twice before, 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. Pear Paint was pushed out by a rent hike in 2014, and its eastern half – 304-306 Canal Street – recently hit the market as pricy apartments.
While there were several design issues the commissioners took issue with in December of 2016 and March of 2017, the biggest was visibility. Now, the design by Paul A. Castrucci’s Lower East Side-based architecture firm has been tweaked yet again. The rooftop elements have been reconfigured to make the mechanical equipment disappear. That involved raising the roof’s ridgeline by two feet, nine inches and increasing its angle by 20 degrees.
In addition to that work, both structures will receive two-story vertical additions. However, they will appear as only one story on the Canal Street side. The storefronts will also be repainted, repairs will be made, new windows will be installed, 308 Canal Street will lose its fire escape on Lispenard Street, and 310 Canal Street will lose its iconic red and white paint.
Commissioner John Gustafsson expressed gratitude to the applicant for responding directly to their concerns. Other than that, the approval was quick and easy, and the vote was unanimous. The redeveloped building will have ground floor retail, followed by two apartments per floor on the second through fourth floors. Then two duplexes will be spread across the fifth and sixth floors.