Second of Four New Essex Crossing Towers Tops Out at 15 Stories
For the first time in almost fifty years, the vacant lots along Delancey Street are buzzing with new life. Yep. It’s milestones galore for the Essex Crossing mega-project this month, construction of which is progressing rather steadily. Now, another.
A month after the senior housing tower was capped at Site 6, its neighbor across the street just followed suit. Indeed, the second of four mixed-use buildings planned for this first phase of development has just reached the top. Site 5 is now sitting at fifteen stories, with the token American flag fluttering from the rooftop.
As previously reported, the building at Site 5, designed by the firm Beyer Blinder Belle, boasts 211 rental units (half affordable), a school facility, and public park on the Broome Street perimeter. The national gym chain, Planet Fitness, also inked a deal to secure 22,000 square-feet. It’ll reside on the second floor of the fifteen-story tower upon its completion in 2018 (or thereabouts).
The Essex Crossing portfolio was made possible due to the federally-backed “slum clearance” of 1967, which removed all trace of housing from the five Seward Park Urban Renewal Area plots south of Delancey Street.