It’s decrepit and graffiti-covered today, but expect this little jewel of a building at 209 Elizabeth Street in Soho to be a luxurious single-family manse soon.
The Department of City Planning yesterday approved the construction of a rooftop penthouse to this former firehouse and bakery; earlier this year it was O.K.’d to be converted to residential use from its commercial designation.
Originally the home of Hook and Ladder Company No. 9, it was also the site of a massive fire back in 1835 that forced the evacuation of hundreds of neighboring residents. As you can see by the awning, it eventually was converted into a bakery, La Rosa and Son. As far as we can tell (city records for this property are really scarce), Elizabeth Firehouse LLC acquired the property in June of this year
from Mott 232 Associates LLC.
The property sits in the Special Little Italy District, so it has to go before the D.C.P. before any major modifications are made.