At Community Board 7‘s recent Preservation Committee meeting, the owner of 254 West 88th Street, Asaf Dror, revealed his plans to convert the building into a four-unit residential property.
Dror said the ground floor commercial space, which for decades has been occupied by Mike’s Lumber, will become one of those apartments.
“That’s too bad,” remarked one board member about the expected closing. “It was a good store,” said another.
“It may be a nice store but the awning is disgusting,” replied Dror, creating a bit of uncomfortable laughter. “It’s not such a great looking store,” he added.
Throughout the meeting, Dror and his architect discussed with board members their plans for the building. This also included a rooftop addition for a penthouse apartment and some front and rear facade work.
It wasn’t clear when these renovations would be taking place, but the board approved the plans and they are expected to go before the Landmarks Preservation Committee soon.
The owner of Mike’s Lumber is Manoli Papagiannakis, whose father opened the business in 1966; Manoli took over operations in 1994.
The independent hardware and building materials store has always been popular amongst “contractors and do-it-yourself types,” and they also offer custom jobs for both private and corporate clients.
“What makes us unique is that we offer lumber cut to size,” Papagiannakis told Pappas Post in a January 2021 interview. “We also do edging, veneering and any cut-outs you need — we can do that for you.”
Manoli also operates MCC Construction & Millwork, which provides general contracting work for residential and commercial spaces.
We’ve reached out to Manoli by phone and email and will provide an update once we learn more.