In 1981, back before Tribeca was filmic, yellowfin tuna-eating Tribeca, a printing company executive named Stanley Scott bought the landmarked building he’d been in since 1966, 145 Hudson Street.
Forty-two years after he moved there, the building’s penthouse, a glass-skinned duplex marketed by Stribling for $34.5 million, one of the biggest listings ever downtown—and a big reason why the building has slogged through years of troubles—has gone to contract, according to the brokerage’s Web site.
If the deal closes above $33.15 million, the price that a double-wide West 10th Street townhouse sold for last year, it will be a downtown residential record.
That’s especially spectacular considering what 145 Hudson has been through: In 1996, the architect Joseph Pell Lombardi first presented plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to convert some of the floors into condos (others are still commercial, which makes development trickier) and to build a rooftop addition. Final approvals came in 2000, and the first listings hit the market in October 2002 and sold out.
But even years later, potential buyers weren’t able to close, apparently because of Landmarks trouble. (The jeweler David Yurman reportedly walked away from a deal.) During a Landmarks meeting in 2005, a commissioner took special issue with the heft and height of the building’s penthouse, which had been mostly built but not sold: “How it got from 13 to 20 feet is a mystery, and it got overlooked and approved mistakenly. And that’s very unfortunate.”
“I dare say that what we had gotten approved back in the ’90s,” Mr. Lombardi, who is no longer involved in the building, said this week, “not a lot of attention had been paid on it.”
The penthouse’s steel structure remains, but about 10 feet of perimeter was cut. The rebuilt version has a massive wrap terrace around a more petite, glass-cased, 7,493-square-foot interior. There’s still room for two floors, four bedrooms, three fireplaces, and four (and a half) bathrooms, according to Stribling.
Mr. Scott referred The Observer to his brokers, but they didn’t return calls or e-mails. Maybe that’s because their work isn’t done: The building still has four floors, a source said, that need final approval for condo conversion.