Henry Street Settlement Inches Closer to Opening Community Facility at the Historic Engine 15 Firehouse

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 at 9:19 am by
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The four-story firehouse at 269 Henry Street has been sitting vacant since shortly after 9/11. The iconic structure – built in 1884 and owned by the city – previously housed Engine Company 15 which subsequently folded into Ladder 18 a few blocks north on Pitt Street. Henry Street Settlement, however, is inching closer to opening a new community facility at this address.

The push to annex this historic Lower East Side firehouse next door is nearly a decade in the making. Indeed, approval for a community facility at 269 Henry was actually handed down by City Council in April 2007. At the time, Congresswoman Maloney even noted that the “firehouse was built as a community resource, and so it should remain,” a reference to the potential alternative of developers snatching the property. Needless to say, the Henry Street Settlement was subsequently chosen for the project.

Now a step forward for progress. As part of the ULURP review process, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) is seeking to obtain approval of an Urban Development Action Area Project that will help facilitate the rehabilitation of the property. The measure goes before Community Board 3 later this month.

According to the proposal, this 8,119 square-foot extension of the Henry Street Settlement would provide both social service and health programs to the local popoulation. The new facility will offer free walk-in services such as crisis intervention, financial counseling, legal services, parenting support, and access to benefits like low-cost health insurance, food stamps, and social security. Seven full-time employees are planned for the program, which is project to serve approximately 4,235 people per year.

Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect of record behind the multi-million-dollar rehab and restoration project. Overall construction is scheduled to last for roughly two years from date of groundbreak.

Below are some blueprints to examine.

The Henry Street Settlement has been serving the neighborhood since 1893. Its various social services, arts, and healthcare programs to more than 100,000 New Yorkers each year.

269 Henry Street Rehab Project (Henry Street Settlement)

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