Andy Warhol Museum Nixes Plans for Essex Crossing Annex

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 am by

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Site 1 of Essex Crossing

About that fifteen minutes of fame…

In a huge setback for Essex Crossing, the Andy Warhol Museum last week scrapped plans to open a 10,000 square-foot New York City satellite. Negotiations were reportedly ongoing since 2012. The Pittsburgh-based institution ultimately decided against the expansion after an “internal study of business and other operational considerations.” Pretty vague, indeed.

The Warhol annex had been a marquee element of the Essex Crossing project, and a huge selling point to the community. Its home was slated for SPURA Site 1 on what is now the municipal parking lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets. Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of three developers behind the project, was to foot construction costs of the museum. Completion of the building on this parcel is nevertheless still pegged at sometime in 2017; no word just yet on a potential replacement.

Risa B. Heller, spokeswoman for the Delancey Street Associates, seemed surprised by the sudden departure. “We have dedicated tremendous time and resources and offered them a very generous multimillion dollar package to make this work,” she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We found out today and are surprised and disappointed that they are unable to see this through. We are hard at work looking for another exciting use for this great space.”

Site 1 is part of the first phase of Essex Crossing. The SHoP-designed development is the only development parcel west of Essex Street. As we’ve noted in the past, the residential tower is the only condo building during this stretch of construction. In total, the whole shebang will rise fourteen stories and boast 55 units with an 80-20 mix of market rate and affordable respectively. A Bowlmor bowling alley is rumored for the basement space.

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