Essex Crossing Etc: Site 1 Boxed Up, Essex Market South is Gone

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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Here are some quick hits regarding the Essex Crossing project currently underway along the south side of Delancey Street…

Site 1, Ludlow/Broome

It only took two days for the Municipal lot on Ludlow Street to disappear. Contractors hammered the 12-foot plywood planks into place on Friday. Site 1 is now officially boxed up and ready for its multimillion-dollar makeover. Those locals who enjoyed the benefit of the shortcut for years are now shit outta luck.

As reported, the incoming residential tower is the only condo building during this first phase 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; Andy Warhol Museum backed out.

Expect ground-break in August.

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Site 2, Essex/Delancey

Across the street at Site 2 – the so-called Gateway – the southernmost Essex Street Market building is gone. The parcel is cleaned up, and the sidewalk bridge is gone. All that remains is the freestanding facility that services the Delancey subway station below. The MTA was reportedly against incorporating the stop into the overall plans for the Gateway development. “Delancey Street Associates did propose updates, based on the new building, but unfortunately it was not approved by the MTA,” notes DSA spokesperson Annel Cabrera.

Construction will likely begin in late June or early July.

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Site 5, Broome/Clinton

The 1930s-era firehouse at 185 Broome Street is almost completely covered in its death shroud. A 12-foot fence lines the perimeter. Demolition should happen any day now. Expect construction on the 15-story tower to begin by summer’s end.

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