Demolition of Broome Street Firehouse Begins as Essex Crossing Steams Ahead

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 at 5:11 am by
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That 12-foot-high perimeter fence surrounding Essex Crossing Site 5 now has company. Three short weeks after its installation, the usual skeletal mess of ironwork is now permanently affixed to the exterior of 185 Broome Street. Demolition is happening. Within the month, this historic 1930s-era firehouse will be little more than bricks in a curbside dumpster.

The apt sad-face tag on the plywood says it all…

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Beyer Blinder Belle Architects – partner in the Delancey Street Associates consortium tasked with the project – is constructing the fifteen-story mixed-use tower currently slated for this site. 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).

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 baked into the plans for Site 5. Regarding the latter, the developers are looking at options “appropriate in terms of quality and pricing.”

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