City Approves 8-Story Essex Crossing Senior Building at Site 8

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Demolition of another original Essex Street Market building is imminent. The city approved razing the 77-year-old building at 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) in March. As of last week, developer Beyer Blinder Belle can move forward with its current proposal, and with it, the commencement of Essex Crossing Phase 2.

The new development planned for the 77-year-old Essex Street Market warehouse is earmarked exclusively for seniors. It’ll rise roughly eight stories (128 feet) and boast 92 studio apartments across 46,078 square-feet that are 100% “affordable.” Residents will have access to a second-floor residential terrace, laundry room, and eighth-floor library. There is also 9,645 square-feet of ground-level retail.

The Department of Buildings approved the plans on June 14, according to public records. No official renderings yet, just this blueprint.

Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers behind Essex Crossing, had previously telegraphed that demolition and construction on Site 8 would commence in June 2017. Here we are, so expect the wrecking ball to appear any day now.

Meanwhile, as the brick-box warehouse inches closer to its future in the fold of Essex Crossing, any evidence of the Lowline Lab interactive diorama is faded. Solar harvesting equipment that sat on the roof was removed in April. What remains now is a dangling banner awaiting the trash. The experimental space at 140 Essex Street lasted a year longer than initially planned and attracted more than 100,000 tourists. Lowline Lab only projected to remain operational five months from its debut in October 2015 but was allowed to stay open by Delancey Street Associates.

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