Designed by Albert Pissis and built to house the Roos Bro’s clothing and gent’s furnishings business back in 1907, the four-story building at 2 Stockton Street, which was most recently occupied by Forever 21 and was once home to Grodins as well, was “streamlined” in the 1930’s and then remodeled again in 1994 to house a Virgin MegaStore, remodelings which have stripped away much of the building’s original ornamentation and yielded, in the eyes of Planning, a building which is now “lacking in depth and subtlety.”
As such, while the building has been identified as a potential historic resource, it hasn’t been rated as either “Significant” or “Contributory” despite its heritage and original design.
And with that in mind, the Strada Investment Group is working on plans to add four new floors of office space atop the existing building and expand and convert the building’s existing fourth floor into office space as well, a plan which would yield 49,999 square feet of new office space over 59,900 square feet of retail, including the building’s basement level, as envisioned.
And yes, Strada is leading the charge for the proposed conversion of the Barneys building at 48 Stockton as well. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.