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Puck Fair Closing to Make Way for Massive Luxury Retail Development

 Puck Fair is closing at the end of March.
Puck Fair is closing at the end of March.
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SOHO — Popular Irish pub Puck Fair will close its doors for good at the end of the month after 16 years at 298 Lafayette St., according to a Facebook post.

The Facebook event advertising a "Puck Fair Farewell Party" on Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. said "the powers that be are making way for a new development on our corner of Lafayette Street."

The development was first proposed back in 2013, as DNAinfo New York reported at the time, by LargaVista Companies.

The imminent closure was first reported by Gothamist.

The March 25 party will include drink specials, live music "and all the usual things you've grown to expect from us at Puck."

A bartender at Puck Fair said no one was available to speak about the closing, and other attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful. A principal at LargaVista declined to comment.

But a description of the project on the LargaVista website says it's a 80,000 square feet of "flagship retail and boutique office" space designed by architecture firm COOKFOX. (The same architects are behind the proposed design of the massive mixed-use retail project at the St. John's Terminal, across from Pier 40.)

"The building's design is inspired by principles of 'biophilia,' meaning people feel good when they are connected to nature," the website says, above renderings of the luxury project depicting greenery-covered outdoor terraces accessible to the office tenants.

The retail portion of the building measures 30,000 square feet and spans three floors, with "tremendous ceiling heights," according to the website.

"This iconic building is an exceptional marketing opportunity for a world-class international brand," the website reads.

LargaVista's plan is to break ground on construction in the first quarter of 2016, according to the website. It is partnered on the project with mega-developer Related Companies, the same firm behind Hudson Yards.

Another large development is going up at the mouth of SoHo one block over, at Houston Street and Broadway.

That project, at 19 E. Houston St., was approved by the City Council in 2014. Construction has not yet begun. The developers agreed to keep the retail space to less than 10,000 square feet in order to win over the community and local Councilwoman Margaret Chin.

They also agreed to pay for a widening of the sidewalks in front of their structure to assuage concerns about sidewalk congestion. Developer Madison Capital did not respond to an inquiry seeking an update on the project.