Permits were filed yesterday to tear down 52 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side, making way for the luxury condo development that is forcing the closure of wd~50. The Michelin-starred restaurant is running a countdown clock on its website, ticking down the minutes and seconds until its November 30 closure.
The demolition will set in motion plans for a seven-story, 37-unit residential development at 50-62 Clinton Street. There will be ground floor retail space as well as a roof deck, gym and round-the-clock doorman service, according to owner DHA Capital’s website. The latter puts the development, which is being overseen by Issac & Stern Architects, in the company of luxury buildings like The Ludlow and The Chrystie.
Other businesses on the Clinton Street stretch that met similar fates as wd~50 include Temple of Ankh, Blake Scotland and Rothstein’s Hardware, which moved over to Ridge Street earlier this year. Wylie Dufresne, who launched wd~50 in 2003, has yet to announce plans for relocation.
A call to Joshua Schuster, principal at DHA, was not immediately returned.