With Demolition Underway, First Modular Housing Project on East Broadway is on Deck
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East Broadway will soon welcome some modular housing.
Meaning, time has come for 201-203 East Broadway, former headquarters of the United Hebrew Community. Bars and netting are now fixed to the facade, signaling the commencement of demolition activity. The wrecking crew arrives almost a year after the city first okayed the action; permits were issued two weeks ago.
As previously reported, owner-developer Daniel Wise (aka 201 EB Development III, LLC) purchased the side-by-side properties last year for $8.5 million, and intends to combine the tax lots for the new mixed-use development. Plans were first submited to the Department of Buildings in September 2015, which call for seven stories stacked with ten modular apartments. Each pre-fab condo unit will carry approximately 1,487 square-feet, some with private terraces. The ground floor and basement spaces will offer 3,617 square-feet of commercial and 1,968 square-feet of medical office space respectively.
Think Architecture and Design is the architect of record on this project.
The former property owner, the United Hebrew Community, is a nonprofit Jewish organization founded in 1901, which originally purchased the twin tenements upon its founding in the early 1900s. They had occupied 15,000 square-feet of space. Both were constructed in 1837 and subsequently modifed in 1900.
The organization remains “the leading Jewish burial society in New York.” Upon its inception, it differed from other “landsmenshaften” burial societies, which typically served immigrants from a couple of European towns; they provided services to a cross-section of the Jewish community, such as a free synagogue and proper burial for many Jews who were refused membership to other such organizations. The business is now located in Woodmere on Long Island (1023 Broadway).