Essex Crossing Etc: 400 Grand Street Demolished, Trailer Offices on the Way

Posted on: September 14th, 2015 at 5:16 am by

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What’s left of 400 Grand St.

Essex Crossing is bulldozing everything in its path. Phase I is underway full force. Here are some quick updates regarding the multi-million-dollar mega-project, taken from the mouth of the beast.

400 Grand Street

A week after losing its lifelong sibling, 400 Grand Street is similarly cut down. As of this weekend, the five-story tenement is halved. The area carries the subtle stench of musty masonry. Expect the last remnants of the structure to be razed in the coming week.

Essex Crossing Offices

Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers behind the decade-long construction, will soon establish a forward command base in the parking lot of Site 3. The Lower East Side BID relinquished its spaces so the developers can import mobile trailers as offices. Signs are already in place telling motorists that these spaces are now off limits.

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Site 2 of Essex Crossing, August 2015

The Gateway to Site 2

The so-called Gateway building on Site 2 is well on its way. Excavation for foundation work is nearly complete, and should wrap by the end of October. The more serious pile driving will follow shortly thereafter; full foundation will finish by March.

As previously reported, this component of Essex Crossing is a 24-story tower will include 195 residential units (half are affordable to individuals and families earning between 40% and 155% of Area Median Income) the newly imagined Essex Street Market and a 14-screen Regal movie theater.

Completion is set for 2018.

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Site 6 of Essex Crossing, September 2015

Site 6

NYU Langone admitted that the lease hasn’t been signed yet for Site 6 on Clinton Street. The hospital empire jumped the gun on the announcement of a new 40,000 square-foot facility, and subsequently backtracked. It’s still happening, though, according to the developers. Focus would be on “primary care, ambulatory surgery, urgent care, cardiac procedures, orthopaedics and sports medicine, plastic surgery, and more.”

Not happening is the Educational Alliance “dual generation” school, which backed out a couple weeks ago. It was reported last week that the Lower East Side institution both backed out of the development here (rumors suggest uneconomical rents)

Ground break is expected to begin.

But There Might Be Bones Under There

The developers maintain that there are no bones still buried beneath the parcels undergoing development. That was likely in reference to an article we published asserting that the chances of finding such remains and/or artifacts is probably decent. However, an Environmental Impact Statement turned up no such evidence.

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