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Essex Crossing Developers Designate Architects; Park Planning Begins Next Month
By Ed Litvak in Lower East Side News on February 18, 2014 4:15 pm



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It’s been awhile since there’s been much news to report about Essex Crossing, the nearly two-million square foot residential and retail project coming to the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. But today we have a few new details to pass along.

First off, the development team (known collectively as Delancey Street Associates) has chosen a design team for the first phase of construction. When the city, awarded the Seward Park contract last fall to L+M Development Partners, Taconic Investment Partners and BFC Partners, two architectural firms were already in the mix. Now those architects, SHoP and Beyer Blinder Belle, have been joined by Handel Architects.

According to Peter Schottenfels, a spokesperson for the developers, SHoP will be responsible for site 1, at Ludlow and Broome streets, where an annex of the Andy Warhol Museum and condominiums are going to be built. Beyer Binder Belle will design a building on site 5 consisting of about 200 apartments, as well as a 35,000 square foot grocery store and a dual generation school run by the Educational Alliance. SHoP, Handel and Hugh A. Boyd of Market Ventures (a specialist in public markets) will collaborate on site 2, where the new Essex Street Market, a movie theater and apartments will be situated. As previously reported, the phase 1 plan calls for breaking ground on four sites (1, 2, 5 and 6) in the spring of next year. Site 6, east of Clinton Street, is designated as affordable senior housing.

The design firms are just now getting down to work. But during last week’s meeting of Community Board 3′s land use committee, it became clear things are going to begin happening on the former urban renewal site relatively quickly. During a conversation about the fate of several residents living in a building at 400 Grand St. (located on site 5), city officials said the developers have asked to take possession of the parcel as early as this summer. While suggesting the timetable could be flexible, Vivian Louie, an assistant commissioner with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, said “the target move-out date is June 30.” She cited the need for the developers to perform asbestos tests and other tests before construction gets underway (we’ll have a separate story on the 400 Grand Street situation later).

Schottenfels said Delancey Street Associates is on target for a spring 2015 groundbreaking. But he added that it’s too early to predict when the architects would be prepared to unveil their designs for the first sites. “We don’t have a firm timetable yet.,” he said. “While we are working on the preliminary designs, there is still a lot of pre-development work to do including plans for infrastructure and (coordination with the MTA).”

The developers are required to meet with a community task force appointed by CB3 each quarter. They last briefed the full land use committee back in October, and took a few questions from the general public. Last week, Linda Jones, the committee chairperson, provided a short report detailing the most recent task force briefing.

Schottenfels did not indicate when the team would schedule another appearance before the wider group, but noted, “we communicate regularly with task force and community board members and are seeing various committees.” Per a requirement in the contracts signed with the city, they’ll begin working with CB3′s parks committee next month to design a 15,000 square foot green space set aside on Broome Street. We’ll have details concerning that meeting as soon as they are released.

A community board member, Ricky Leung, has been appointed to work with the design team to offer feedback on Essex Crossing’s overall aesthetics.
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These buildings may get in the way of construction for phase 3/4 of the second avenue system.

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Signs of SPURA Development: Drilling for Soil Samples at 400 Grand Street
Posted on: February 21st, 2014 at 6:10 am by Elie

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While groundbreak on the new Essex Crossing megaproject is still a year from reality, we now have the first outward indications of future development. Stationed beside the doomed 400-402 Grand Street yesterday morning was what appeared to be a Davey Drill rig, presumably to collect soil samples. This drilling typically transpires before any large-scale construction for the purposes of testing water levels and gauging the composition of the fill, rock, and soil beneath the street. Readouts can then provide a better snapshot of scope for excavation activities.

Meanwhile, 400 Grand is certainly not long for the Lower East Side. Its unfortunate position in SPURA lot number five is death sentence enough. The buildings are slated for eviction sometime in June so that the HPD can get in there and do some tests. It’s still unclear, however, where the displaced tenants and businesses of this address will end up.

Preparations for ‘Essex Crossing’ on Grand St.

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Taconic mulls locations for expansion of Essex Crossing
Developer eyes former Eastern Dispensary, synagogue on the Lower East Side






March 20, 2014
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Taconic Partners could be expanding its Essex Crossing project on the Lower East Side.

The firm showed interest in purchasing the former Eastern Dispensary at 75 Essex Street, directly across from the future site of the complex, in an email intercepted by Bowery Boogie.

“The expansion is under wraps for now, but money talks and we have it,” the email reads, with the author’s name redacted.

Shalon Eisner, the property’s current owner, recently pulled the former pharmacy off the market and agreed yesterday to a historic landmark designation for the site – as long as he can build on top of it, according to Bowery Boogie. Developers have long eyed the building’s 5,296-square-foot lot and 31,776 square feet of air rights, as previously reported.

The full board and the Landmarks Preservation Commission still need to sound off on designating the property, and Taconic is also considering the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue at 60 Norfolk Street for the site of its planned expansion, the blog reported.
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Coveted Essex Street property closes in on landmark status
Community Board 3 approves historic designation for Eastern Dispensary
Angela Hunt March 28, 2014 02:50PM


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The Eastern Dispensary building at 75 Essex Street may soon be designated a New York City landmark.

The full Community Board 3 voted this week in favor of protecting 75 Essex Street, Lo-Down reported. The decision will now go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission for final approval.

Earlier this month, the property’s current owner, Shalon Eisner, pulled the former pharmacy off the market and agreed with the board to preserve the site — as long as he’s permitted to build on top of it, as previously reported. Eisner was not present at the meeting, but representatives could not get the vote delayed, the blog said.

The four-story Italianate-style structure, built in 1920,was previously listed for $21 million in November. The building has 31,776 square feet of air rights said to be coveted by Taconic Partners, the developer of a project directly across the street called Essex Crossing, as previously reported.
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bah, i'd love to see bdb just go in there and ram through an upzoning to get another thousand units into these sites on a 60/40 market/non-market ratio. go for it, bdb, the file's not fully closed if you want to go denser!
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Preservation Group Says Landmarks Commission Rejects 75 Essex Application (Updated)
By Ed Litvak on April 1, 2014 5:45 am



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There was a bit of news last night during our panel discussion on historic preservation at the Manny Cantor Center. In the last several days, reported Joyce Mendelsohn of the preservation group Friends of the Lower East Side, hopes for protecting former Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary Building were dashed.

The group submitted a “request for evaluation” to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in January. Last week, Community Board 3 voted 34-1 in support of the landmarking proposal. But Mendelsohn said the commission has now sent notice that it has rejected the request.

Shalom Eisner, the longtime owner of the building, located at 75 Essex St., initially opposed landmark designation but later said he could support designation if the commission allowed him to build on top of the original structure, utilizing excess air rights. Eisner has been trying to sell the building for several years, most recently at a price of $21 million. The property is adjacent to one of the parcels of Essex Crossing, the large residential and commercial project set to break ground next year. The developers have balked at Eisner’s price for the building.

UPDATED Tuesday morning: The letter from the Landmarks Commission was dated March 27, two days after the community board vote. “After a careful assessment of the property’s architectural and historical qualities,” Director of Research Mary Beth Betts wrote, “the (senior staff) committee found that the property lacks the significance necessary to be considered eligible for designation as an individual landmark.” She went on to explain that, in the committee’s view, the building’s style is “comparable to vernacular office and loft buildings common to the period.” Betts also noted that changes to the building diminished its architectural significance.
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An article on the racist motives that helped keep SPURA fallow for 47 years. Of course, the state's top goon (uh, sorry, top politician) Sheldon Silver was involved. How a bigot who kept thousands of middle-class people from having housing in NYC can be a leader of the state's Democratic Party is beyond me:

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...ng_exposed.php

The Times has a long, carefully reported piece on the complicated relationship between Lower East Side political, social, and economic powerhouses of the last five decades, and how alliances among them may have led to major setbacks when it came to developing Manhattan's largest swath of undeveloped land below 96th Street. The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, better known as SPURA, covers 20 acres that have been vacant since 1967, when the city demolished blocks of old apartment buildings and displaced 1,800 low-income families. Last year plans for giant mixed-used development Essex Crossing were unveiled, but what took so long to get something—anything—on the site? Well, there were at least two parties involved who allegedly delayed redevelopment there for their own interests.

Sheldon Silver, who represents the area in the State Assembly. William Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, who was arrested last year and charged with taking millions in kickbacks from the council. They deny any favoritism, but the Times found memos and conducted interviews with officials that point to sketchy colluding between the two to "promote specific plans and favored developers" (like Bruce Ratner) and, it appears, to maintain the area's Jewish identity as well as its demographics, which provided Silver a consistently supportive constituency. They both opposed building affordable housing on the site, whose potential tenants would impact both the identity and demographic concerns.

The article brings up multiple connections, communiques, and pointed political gestures made in the name of that agenda. They include: supporting a shopping center there in the 70s (over housing), opposing a 1980 proposal that included affordable housing, letting a Lefrak Organization plan with commercial and residential components get dropped by the city in the late 80s, and, in the 90s, championing a Ratner-developed big-box store with, yet again, no housing. There are personal connections, too. Rapfogel's wife works for Silver; his son works for Ratner. Political donations and fundraising crossovers offer more clues.

One reason, the article posits, that Essex Crossing (with at least 160 units of affordable housing written in, which is to say, not much) finally became a reality and got all the necessary approvals is because the Lower East Side gentrified and morphed so much since Silver's initial rise to political office that he couldn't hold out any longer. Ratner and the newly disgraced Rapfogel, who teamed up on a bid, were not chosen to develop SPURA. After reading this, it seems someone deserves a thank-you for that good call.
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'Developer's Dream' 75 Essex Returns To Market, Wants $30M
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by Hana R. Alberts

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Immediately after the LPC put the kabosh on any landmarking hopes, The Lo-Down reports that Eisner is once again seeking a buyer, this time for $30M. PriceUpper much? The listing touts the hypothetical 19,000 square feet of buildable space that comes along with the 12,000-square-foot building. "A developer's dream," apparently.. but no one bit when the price was lower.
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It was also time for this bland pre-war to go. You can find one of those in the historic sites of Tribeca. Good riddance.

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Demolition approved for two buildings on Essex Crossing site
400-402 Grand Street to be replaced by new apartments, grocery store
Julie Strickland April 09, 2014 05:30PM


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UPDATED, 6:36 p.m., April 9: The Department of Buildings has given the green light for the demolition of 400-402 Grand Street, two buildings in the path of the Essex Crossing mixed-use project, according to city records dated April 4.

BFC Partners head Donald Capoccia is named on the request, and is one of four firms on the project’s redevelopment team, the Lo Down reported. But Delancey Streets Associates, the development team behind the Essex Crossing project, told The Real Deal that no demolition permit has been secured for 400-402 Grand Street just yet.

“We have not obtained a demolition permit,” DSA told The Real Deal in an emailed statement. “In keeping with our scheduled commitment to start construction in April 2015 we have been working on design along with all of the steps to close on construction financing, including demolition of the building. This is the the first step of a 6 to 12 month process, which is the opening of an application so that a means and methods plan can be reviewed.”

The spot, dubbed site no. 5, will eventually hold new apartments, a grocery store, school and a 15,000-square-foot park, as previously reported. The groundbreaking is slated for spring 2015.

Six residents reportedly still live at 400 Grand, and received a tentative move-out date of June 30, though the city has said that date could be moved.
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Essex Crossing Developers File Pre-Demolition Documents For Former Fire Station at 185 Broome St.
By Ed Litvak in Lower East Side News, Real Estate on April 14, 2014 7:27 am


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The other day we reported that the developers of Essex Crossing had filed a pre-demolition application for two tenements, 400 and 402 Grand St. They pointed out that a demo permit will not be in hand for several months; the city will first require the development team to complete a lengthy checklist. Now similar documents have been filed with the Department of Buildings for another structure on the same development parcel.

In a filing recorded on Friday, BFC Partners (one of four Essex Crossing developers), started the process to tear down 185 Broome St., the old fire house on the north end of site #5. The area where the building now sits will become a 15,000 square foot park. In recent years, the structure served as home to Angel Aerial, a movie prop business. Although the city took possession of the property last summer, the company continues to use the parcel for storage. In the past few weeks, workers have been emptying the building; various items are now strewn throughout the lot.

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In addition to the park, site #5 will include a mixed-use building consisting of apartments, a dual-generation school run by the Educational Alliance and a still-to-be-named grocery store. A section of the lot is also being set aside for a possible public school.

Two other sites are included in the first phase of construction, scheduled to begin one year from now. Among them, site #2 (on the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets), where a new Essex Street Market is going to be built. Presumably, we’ll be seeing pre-demolition documents sometime soon for the old Essex Market structure, which is not currently used by vendors but is sometimes rented out for special events.

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The Essex Street Market building on the south side of Delancey Street is expected to face demolition in the months ahead.
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Essex Crossing Update: Architectural Plans, Community Liaison, Tenement Museum Video

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May 9, 2014 12:18 pm



Rendering: Essex Crossing. SHoP Architects.

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A few new tidbits to pass along this afternoon regarding Essex Crossing, the 1.9 million square foot project coming to the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.

Architectural firms are still working on finalizing plans for the first phase of construction, scheduled to begin next spring. A community task force recently got a glimpse of renderings for one site, but it will be a few months before Delancey Street Associates, the development consortium, makes a full set of drawings public. According to Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li, there’s a tentative plan to unveil the final plans at the September meeting of the land use committee. Also in the works: an open house in the community where residents will be able to examine the drawings.

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Plans for Andy Warhol Museum at Essex Crossing SPURA Site Are Moving Forward
Posted on: May 19th, 2014 at 5:08 am | by Elie


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One of the many wildcards of the new Essex Crossing development is a high-profile Warhol Museum outpost. Though initially included in the initial proposal pitched by the Delancey Street Associates consortium, there was still uncertainty as to whether it would happen. Until this past Saturday.

Reps confirmed to the museum’s hometown paper, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, that the twenty-year-old institution is indeed moving forward with the 10,000 square-foot SPURA locale. It’ll be housed on parcel number one, currently the Broome Street municipal parking lot. But there is still plenty of work to be done, lots of crossing t’s and dotting lowercase j’s.

The developers are apparently footing the cost for the Andy Warhol Museum, slated for completion in 2017. They will also pay for any operating deficits in the first five years of its existence.

Andy Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburg, hence the location. There are reportedly no plans to ever move the OG museum.
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Go to Olympic Restaurant and Jade Fountain Right Now; Demolition Approved Ahead of Essex Crossing

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The end of Olympic Restaurant and “old as hills” Jade Fountain liquor store (and its bulletproof divider) will come a lot sooner than previously thought. Both businesses have pretty much been on deathwatch ever since SPURA plans for the Essex Crossing gamechanger were finally approved. But now the consortium of developers has just begun the initial steps toward full demolition. Plans were filed last week to dismantle the decades-old, but largely unused Essex Market building. DOB approved, but has yet to issue the official permit.

Expect the dismantling within the next couple months. Jeremiah over at Vanishing NY dined there recently, and learned that the month-to-month lease at the truck-stop diner might conclude sometime this summer. This timeline lines up perfectly with the new demolition permits. Plus, owner Steve Palakas had mentioned that Olympic will not have a presence inside the new Essex Market building.
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Developers Submit Preliminary Paperwork For Two More Essex Crossing Buildings



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More signs of Essex Crossing are popping up in the Department of Buildings database. Next spring, developers are expected to break ground on the first phase of the large residential and commercial project that will transform the former Seward Park urban renewal site.

During the past week, the development team has put in preliminary paperwork for buildings on two more sites. This means initial plans for three of the first four parcels are beginning to make their way through the city bureaucracy. Here’s what’s reflected in the filings and what we already know from past presentations:

Site 1: 242 Broome St. (Ludlow Street)
Architect: SHoP
Height: 14 stories
Total square feet: 136.542
Residential square feet: 70,704
(44 market rate condominiums/11 affordable condos)
Commercial square feet: 48,718
(including a bowling alley & gym)
Community facility square feet: 18,121

Site 5: 145 Clinton St. (Grand Street)
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Height: 15 stories
Total square feet: 222,908
Residential square feet: 179,915
(Rental apartments: 104 market rate, 102 affordable)
Commercial square feet: 42,993
(including 35,000 square ft. grocery store)

Site 6: 175 Delancey St. (Attorney Street)
Architect: Dattner
Height: 14 stories
Total square feet: 138,707
Residential square feet: 73.271
(100 apartments for seniors)
Community facility square feet: 59,213
(Grand Street Settlement)
Commercial square feet: 6,222

Still to come — filings for site 2, on the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets. That’s the focal point of the whole project – a building that will include a new home for the Essex Street Market as well as a new movie theater complex. Developers are expected to unveil plans for the first four sites in November or December. Construction is scheduled to begin in March of 2015.
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New Essex Crossing Permits Filed for 14-Screen Movie Theater and Essex Market Site



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A flurry of activity over in SPURA these days. Plans for another skyscraper are now with the city (i.e. Department of Buildings).

Handel Architects filed preliminary permits yesterday to construct a 26-story tower at 115 Delancey Street as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development. This parcel, of course, was the southern extension of the Essex Market complex which had housed Olympic Diner for three decades (and “old as hills” Jade Fountain).

This 285-foot mixed-use monster offers 165,777 square-feet of residential space spread across 195 units. The remaining 134,770 square feet is earmarked for commercial space. According to the plans on file with the DOB, that includes the Essex Market replacement facility on the first and mezzanine levels, and a movie theater with fourteen screens that occupies the first four floors. Apartments will round out the remaining height.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is the landowner. Delancey Associates — a consortium of L+M Development, BFC and Taconic Investment Partners — is the developer on the project.
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A crew from the Department of Sanitation is on site at the old Broome Street fire house this morning, clearing garbage and other debris. The 1937 building is being prepared for demolition in the very near future. As you probably know, this lot is site 5 of the big Essex Crossing development project. In recent years, the property was used by a movie props business. In spite of those “no dumping” signs on the fence, it’s pretty much been a free-for-all during the past few months.

Site 5 also includes a public parking facility. As we reported the other day, it will be closing at the end of the year. There are two tenements on the parcel, as well. Community Board 3 was notified recently that all of the residential tenants have either been relocated or they will be in a matter of days. One commercial tenant, a shoe repair store, had agreed to vacate by the end of last month. As you can see, it’s still open for business. Demolition for the first phase of construction will include the tenements, the fire house as well as the Essex Street Market building on the south side of Delancey Street.




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Regal Cinemas theater will take 65,000 square feet in the base of a rental apartment building to be built at 115 Delancey St.


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The theater chain, owned by Regal Entertainment Group, will take 65,000 square feet in the base of a 315-foot-tall rental apartment building to be built at 115 Delancey St., on the southeast corner of Essex Street. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be completed by late 2017 or 2018.

The lease, which stretches for 15 years, is the first signed for the 1.9 million-square-foot development known as the Seward Park mixed-use development project. The city, which owns the property, awarded development rights last year to a partnership led by builders L&M Development, BFC Partners and Taconic Investment Partners. They have since rechristened its retail and entertainment component as the Market Line.
Rohan Mehra, a principal at the Prusik Group, which is handling leasing for the 600,000 square feet of retail space at the project, said the theater will be the largest in lower Manhattan and feature large cushioned seats and other amenities, such digital projection and near-IMAX-size screens.

Regal Cinemas will sit atop of 30,000-square-foot-plus ground-floor retail space that will hold the Essex Street Market. The LaGuardia-era marketplace will move to the new building when construction is completed. A neighborhood staple for decades, it features a mix of local shops that convey the culture and flavor of the once-gritty neighborhood.

"By bringing the retail market to our project, we are going with a strategy of taking care not to change the character of the neighborhood, but enhance it," Mr. Mehra said.

Five of the buildings that are part of the Seward Park project will begin next spring, with completion dates set for late 2017 or 2018. The complex will have 1,000 residential units, half of which will be affordable; 115 Delancey St. will have 195 rental units and be 50% affordable.
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Essex Crossing Developer Reveals Plan For First Phase Of Project

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JANUARY 14TH 2015



Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 2
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The developers of the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side revealed plans and renderings for the massive project on the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area to the press this afternoon, ahead of a community board meeting tonight. The presentation Wednesday was led by Isaac Henderson of Delancey Street Associates, which is a combined effort by L+M Development Partners, Taconic Investment Partners and BFC Partners.


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The full project will have nine sites, two million square feet of space, and should be completed within nine to 10 years. There will be 90,000 square feet of community space and 15,000 square feet of public parkland. The first phase, construction of which is slated to begin as early as this summer, will have 561 apartments, with a mix of rentals, condos, and subsidized senior and affordable units. There will be a Regal Cinema, new space for the Andy Warhol museum, the new Essex Street Market, a supermarket, and other retail and commercial space.

Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 2, from Handel

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Presented first was site no. 2, located at 80 Essex Street and 115 Delancey Street and designed by Frank Fusaro of Handel Architects. It will have 195 rental apartments in a 285-foot, 24-floor building, evenly split between market-rate and affordable units, the latter set aside for those earning between 37 percent and 155 percent of the area median income (which in 2014 was nearly $84,000 for a family of four). It will also house the Essex Street Market (which was moved from the yet-to-be-unveiled site no. 9), the 1,250-seat Regal movie theater (which will be Manhattan’s largest south of 14th Street), an urban farm on the roof of the tower’s five-story base, and room for more retail. Since the space around the movie theater can’t have windows, a combination of folded and bent metal panels will create the impression of fenestration, with real openings along the fire stairs. Demolition of the existing structures on this site is expected as early as the end of the month.

Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 5, from Beyer Blinder Belle

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Up next was site no. 5, located at 145 Clinton Street (a small street used primarily as an approach road to the Williamsburg Bridge) and was designed by Richard Metsky of the preservation-minded architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle. It will have 211 units of rental housing in the 160-foot, 15-floor building, nearly evenly split between market-rate units and subsidized ones, with the same income restrictions as the previous building. The building itself will only occupy 50 percent of the site, which will also have park space designed by West 8. In the building will be a supermarket and other retail and commercial space. Metsky sees the building as a “bridge between Delancey Street and the community to the south.”

Essex Crossing Site 6, rendering from Dattner

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Site no. 6, at 175 Delancey Street, will be designed by Daniel Heuberger of Dattner Architects. It will have 100 units of senior housing in a 160-foot-tall, 14-floor building. All of the units will be subsidized, targeting AMIs between 37 percent and 80 percent. It will be aligned horizontally, so the north side can see the Midtown skyline and the south side gets a lot of natural light, with passive sunshading considered for the south side. It will have retail, commercial, and community space, along with a medical clinic. A tiered roof garden space will be run by the Grand Street Settlement.

Essex Crossing Site 1, rendering from SHoP

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Finally, there was site no. 1, located at 242 Broome Street and designed by Dana Getman of SHoP Architects in collaboration with SLCE Architects. It will have 55 condos in a 160-foot, 14-floor building. It will be an 80/20 split between market rate (44 units) and affordable housing (11 units), with the latter renting to households earning around 110 percent of AMI. It will also house the Andy Warhol Museum, a bowling alley, and other commercial and retail space.
All of these components have completed ULURP, and according to Henderson, financing letters are due to go out in the next month, though the only lease that has actually been executed is for the Regal Cinema. As for sites no. 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10 (there is no 7), those have not yet been revealed.
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