Austin Nichols Update
Via Curbed, a new rendering has surfaced showing the proposed makeover of the Austin, Nichols & Co. building (184 Kent Avenue). The rendering was issued in connection with the marketing of the ground-floor retail space (an impressive 17,850 sf, with an option for an additional 8,600 sf of mezzanine space).
Astute readers will notice that rendering shows none of the atrocities previously proposed for the building - lido deck rooftop additions, picture windows, shaved cornices, etc. Curbed attributes this to "rumors" of a big preservation tax credit, and, in fact, that is the case (you can look it up). Nice to see that the new owner is preserving the building - we've thought all along that is was a wonderful building.