5 Pointz, New York City’s graffiti mecca, is finally and official set for demolition. Two large apartment complexes will take its place.
The New York City Council unanimously approved the plan for the $400 million project on Wednesday. The owner of 5 Pointz is Jerry Wolkoff, who submitted formal redevelopment plans in 2011. G&M Realty will construct the apartment complexes, which will consist of 1,000 total units. In a statement, the council said they could not save the site because it is privately owned. Local residents will be given priority to live in the 210 affordable housing options inside the complex.
The 5 Pointz warehouse currently clocks in at 200,000 square feet with 200 artist studios. Wolkoff has allowed artists to create and exhibit art on the premises since 1993 and critics are distraught about losing this iconic piece of New York City history.