SHoP Architects Leads SPURA Redevelopment with ‘Essex Crossing’

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 at 8:05 am by

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Photo: SHoP Architects

For a half-century, it had the very unique distinction of being the largest tract of undeveloped land south of 96th Street. That label is swiftly disappearing as gears are churning for SPURA redevelopment. Cue the next gold rush and its flock of carpetbaggers, the proverbial swan song for Mayor Bloomberg (unless the successor overturns it).

Nine city-owned lots of SPURA land, first cleared in 1965, are in the crosshairs. And the first project was announced yesterday. All behold Essex Crossing, a glassy six-acre development designed by SHoP Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle. The complex at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge is set to include new retail, restaurants, office space, a movie theater, parks, an Andy Warhol Museum and 1,000 apartments. Not to mention a new Essex Market location. Half of the fresh housing stock is earmarked as “affordable.” It’ll be constructed over the next decade, so strap in.

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Photo: Community Board 3

Other SPURA developers in the mix include Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Development Partners, and BFC Partners.

The New York Times had the scoop, further noting:

The six blocks in the Seward Park urban renewal area have served as a symbol of the struggle to preserve affordable housing in working class neighborhoods against rapidly encroaching luxury development. Just north of Delancey and Essex Streets, the Blue Building, a 17-story glass condominium built in 2007, towers over the neighborhood.

The city is expected to announce more on the Essex Crossing later today. Stay tuned.

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