Essex Crossing Etc: Think Coffee Outpost, Construction Activity Full Steam Ahead

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 at 5:15 am by

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Site 5 excavation

We’re in the thick of it. Phase I of Essex Crossing is going full steam ahead, with three development parcels already activated. Here are several updates, some of which were gleaned from the developer consortium Delancey Street Associates at the Land Use subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3.

The Big Dig

The next six to eight weeks will be the most disruptive to area residents. We’re talking heavy foundation work (pile-driving and excavation) that’s already blocking the streets, causing traffic issues, and testing the limits of ear drums. However, by mid-December all new buildings in the first phase will be underway.

Site 6 Plywood

Permits were filed with the Department of Buildings to erect a plywood fence around the perimeter of Site 6. Once the protective shield goes up, ground-break can commence. Estimated start date is mid-November with a projected construction period of 24 months (completion in December 2017).

Meanwhile, NYU Langone still hasn’t a lease for its rumored 40,000 square-foot facility. Someone in their camp jumped the gun, and discussions are reportedly ongoing. If it happens, focus would be on “primary care, ambulatory surgery, urgent care, cardiac procedures, orthopaedics and sports medicine, plastic surgery, and more.”

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is currently in discussions with Delancey Street Associates to move operations to a 70,000 square-feet of space in Essex Crossing. The rep disputed some of the initial reports, noting that the institution is interested in either Site 3 or Site 4, both of which are earmarked for Phase II of development. Also, this museum wouldn’t fulfill the Cultural Facility outlined in the project ULURP. Said tenant is still tied to Site 1 (where the Warhol Museum fled).

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Site 6 of Essex Crossing, September 2015

Think Grand Cafe

Local chain Think Coffee will collaborate with the Grand Street Settlement for Think Grand Cafe on Site 6. The 2,500 square-foot coffee shop will serve sustainably sourced coffee, but owned and operated by Grand Street Settlement. It’ll be a true nonprofit, using all net proceeds to help fund its programs.

Affordable Housing and Marketing of Apartments

Half of the total 1,000 units in Essex Crossing are “affordable.”

Site 1 (condos): 11 affordable units. Sales will go online for market rate units spring of 2016; affordable units sometime in 2017.

Site 2: 98 affordable units. Marketing to go online six months before the completion date in late 2017.

Site 5: 104 affordable units. Marketing to go online six months before the completion date in late 2017.

Site 6: 100 affordable units. Marketing to go online six months before the completion date in late 2017.

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