Plywood Now Surrounds Site 5 of Essex Crossing; Demolition of Firehouse Begins Next Week

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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One by one the SPURA parcels are being boxed up and delivered to the developers of Essex Crossing.

That historic firehouse sitting at 185 Broome Street is next to fall. It doesn’t matter that the 1930s-vintage building was here for decades; the (non-commissioned) landmark sits on development Site 5 and will be treated as such. The wrecking ball is on the way.

Two substantial updates after last night’s CB3 Land Use subcommittee meeting: a 12-foot perimeter fence was erected last week and asbestos abatement of 185 Broome just wrapped. But that familiar sandwich of scaffolding and netting is still a week out, when demolition officially begins. We can expect ten days of takedown activities, per the Essex Market PR machine.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects – partner in the Delancey Street Associates consortium tasked with the project – is on board to construct the fifteen-story mixed-use tower currently slated for SPURA lot 5. Approximately 223,000 square-feet of real estate is planned, split between both residential (179,915) and commercial use (42,993). That equates to a total of 211 units (104 affordable), bike parking, third-floor terrace, and privately-run “public” park (technically the consortium owns, but open to all).

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West 8 is designing the park component, which straddles a 200-by-77-foot carve-out along Broome Street.

A school and supermarket are also in the plans for Site 5. Regarding the latter, the developers are looking at options “appropriate in terms of quality and pricing.”

350 Grand Street must also be razed in order for all these plans to bear fruit.

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