Essex Crossing Attracts the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to the LES

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 at 5:13 am by
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Essex Crossing nabs a new cultural institution to stock its ranks.

With the Warhol Museum having suddenly defected from Essex Crossing last March (Site 1), Delancey Street Associates had been on the lookout for a replacement ever since. Bound by the ULURP, the consortium was required to include a “cultural facility” of some sort in the overal project. Well, a replacement was found, but placed on a different development parcel altogether.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, currently based on the Upper West Side, is in discussions for 70,000 square-feet of space at Site 4. In fact, talks have reportedly advanced for at least nine months, outside the spotlight. Even though the deal is still not finalized, according to The Villager, the plan would see the institution moving the whole shebang to the Lower East Side. In doing so, the museum would effectively doube their overall footprint.

The Children’s Museum is the first high-profile tenant announced for Site 4, currently the parking lot on the southwest corner of Delancey and Clinton Streets. Right next to the Williamsburg Bridge.

The children’s museum would get considerably more space, however, which [Executive Director Andy] Ackerman said would be used for major new features, like a multi-story climbing structure and a water installation, among others.

“We’d also continue doing cultural exhibits, a major early-childhood floor, continue our focus on health and so on,” he said. “We believe the museum would be transformative to the Lower East Side, vibrant and full of life.”

SPURA Site 4 is earmarked for development in the second phase of Essex Crossing, with construction expected to start in 2017. There are no renderings or buildings plans just yet.

No word, either, on the big box tenant for Site 1.

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