400-402 Grand Street Receives Death Shroud from Essex Crossing

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 at 5:15 am by
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For so long, the twin tenements of 400-402 Grand Street stood tall as a middle finger to the SPURA clearance of yore. But the glory days are over. The bulldozer of Essex Crossing is already moving across three of the ten Lower East Side lots. As such, demolition isn’t too far off for these two.

Even though the appropriate permits were actually filed more than a year ago, the wrecking crew has only just arrived. The 12-foot wall of green plywood was constructed at the end of July, and now encases the entirety of Site 5. The death shroud arrived over the weekend, so it won’t be long before 400-402 Grand Street joins the old firehouse in a pile of rubble.

The six holdout tenants of 400 Grand who battled the city for years vacated the premises back in May. We were previously informed by Delancey Street Associates (the developer consortium) that the residents made an agreement with the city and were relocated. Their collective move was preceded by the mom-and-pop businesses – The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and Express Shoe Repair – on the ground floor.

400-402 Grand Street together sit on the site of SPURA Site 5, currently slated for a fifteen-story mixed-use tower. It’s the same parcel from which the old firehouse was excised. The new construction will boast 211 units (half affordable), a school facility, and park on the Broome Street front.

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