SoHo BP Station, Irish Pub Puck Fair Face Wrecking Ball in New Retail Plan

By Andrea Swalec on April 1, 2013 2:23pm 

MANHATTAN — Fans of the Lafayette Street bar Puck Fair may soon be crying into their beers.

The owner of the bar's building at 298 Lafayette St. is set to present plans Monday evening proposing to tear down the pub, the former mechanics' garage next door, and the BP gas station at Lafayette and East Houston streets, documents show.

Landmarks Preservation Commission records reveal that property owner LargaVista Companies is seeking city approval to demolish the two one-story buildings and the gas station — all of which are part of the landmarked SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District — in order to construct a new building.

LargaVista did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the development, but last April its website said the company would create high-end retail space and would seek "a leading international brand to anchor an extraordinary flagship building."

No information about the project appeared on the company's website Monday afternoon.

The once-grimy mechanics' garage wedged between Puck Fair and the BP station was transformed into a United Colors of Benetton pop-up store last year with life-size knit dolls arranged in kama sutra positions, as DNAinfo.com New York reported.

Puck Fair management was not immediately available to comment on the bar's plans.

Community Board 2's landmarks committee will review LargaVista's designs at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the basement of the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, 25 Carmine St. The LPC is scheduled to review the plan at a public hearing that starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9. 

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