By Sabina Mollot
Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez have both recently left their longtime offices, which were located at a building at the southwest corner of First Avenue and 14th Street. The building has been getting slowly cleared of its commercial tenants, with Mendez leaving a few weeks after Kavanagh. He and Mendez are both temporarily working at their legislative office building at 250 Broadway, near City Hall. Kavanagh said he is still looking for a new permanent space within the district, which runs from Delancey Street to the United Nations building, but plans to stay in the same neighborhood.
News of the exodus was announced by Mendez to constituents via email.
“This suite on the fifth floor has served constituents of Council District 2 for over two decades and the displacement is sad news to Team Rosie,” she said. “As the exhausting search for affordable space within the boundaries of the district continues, we will be sure to keep you updated when we relocate.”
The office was previously occupied by Mendez’s predecessor in the Council, Margarita Lopez, while Kavanagh’s was used by his predecessor, the late Sylvia Friedman.
As for the reason for the landlord giving every tenant at 237 First Avenue the boot, Kavanagh said he was told the building is being renovated and that there has been some demolition work already on certain floors. The ground floor retail tenants will also be leaving.
“The third floor was vacant earlier,” Kavanagh said. “They’ve demolished internal walls. They want a different use of the building; we don’t know what it is.”
Kavanagh said at the start of 2016, he’d been on a month-to-month lease and left on September 1.
Local blog EVGrieve noted that there have been permits filed for each of the floors by the landlord, Noam Management Group. Six renovation related jobs have been applied for and approved, at least partially, this year with another application, to replace a telecommunications system denied in April.
A call to Noam for comment wasn’t returned.