Construction Resumes at East Broadway Modular Development Site After Collapsed Sidewalk
The modular housing construction on East Broadway reactivated in a big way last week after its second sidelining since summertime. Pile driver and backhoe are stationed onsite.
The project parcel at 201 East Broadway has been relatively silent for much of the last six months. Twice in that time, progress was stymied thanks to safety concerns in the aftermath of construction. (Not to mention stop-work orders.) Most recently, the perimeter sidewalk collapsed back in mid-September; the adjacent tenement at East Broadway was destabilized three months earlier due to excavation work. Needless to say, it’s a controversial construction.
It is here at 201-203 East Broadway that Wise – who purchased the double-wide properties in 2015 for $8.5 million – is erecting the area’s first modular apartment complex. Plans call for seven stories stacked with ten 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.
The former property owner of 201-203 East Broadway was the United Hebrew Community, a nonprofit Jewish organization founded in 1901. It purchased the the twin tenements shortly after organizing, and occupied 15,000 square-feet of space. Both were constructed in 1837 and subsequently modifed in 1900. Upon its inception, the UHC 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.