Here’s One Potential Reimagining of the Allen Mall Bathhouse [PHOTOS]

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 at 5:16 am by
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In a couple weeks, the city (i.e. Parks Department) is poised to release a Request for Proposals to reinvigorate the Allen Mall Bathhouse. The Lower East Side relic, constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders of the Second Avenue El, has been vacant for nearly sixty years. Soon enough, though, the brick box will become a “comfort station” with some sort of concessions component.

Even though the RFP is not yet available, one Boogie reader shared a potential mockup for the bathhouse. Corey Lorenzen of Lorenzen Production Design created the renderings you see. The designer envisions a two-floor use scenario that includes a roof deck for dining, exterior signage and lighting, and “guest flow through entirety of the building from both directions.” However, Lorenzen admits that this proposal won’t be submitted to the city for consideration. But it does show the possibilities.

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As previously reported, Community Board 3 backed the city’s RFP pitch back in March, albeit with several recommendations:

  • That the food vendor be “accessible” to the community.
  • The addition of a bicycle servicing station.
  • Widening of the median concrete and landscaping to resemble the Mall south of Delancey (potential to affect the protected bike lanes).
  • Outdoor seating in warmer months on the northern exposure of the bathhouse.
  • Preference that the building remain preserved.
  • Assurance that the public bathroom on the south side is properly maintained by the vendor partners.
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