Report: International Center of Photography Confirmed for Essex Crossing Facility

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

No more posturing.

Looks like Essex Crossing finally chose its “cultural facility” for Site 1. The International Center of Photography, headquartered on the Bowery for barely two years, reportedly signed a deal for a pair of commercial condo units in the base of the fourteen-story residential building at 242 Broome Street.

According to the Commercial Observer, the ICP contract doesn’t actually specify the square-footage of the space. However, Essex Crossing previously pledged to set aside 15,000 square-feet for a yet-to-be-named cultural facility in the adjoining box-building (i.e. next to Hotel Chantelle).

And thus ends the search for a museum tenant. Indeed, ever since the Warhol Museum backed out of the project in 2015, the developers allegedly experienced difficulty finding a suitable replacement.

That the 43-year-old nonprofit institution purchased space here is not a shock. Rumors of its involvement in the billion-dollar project date back nearly two years, yet for facility at Site 6. Top brass had let that tidbit leak durinf a community meeting in January 2016. Around that time, word also surfaced that ICP was planning to sell its spot at 250 Bowery in favor of Essex Crossing.

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