The Last Parking Lot on Delancey Street is Locked Up for Essex Crossing

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

And there it goes. The last of the Delancey Street parking lots – effectively created in the aftermath of the controversial SPURA slum clearance fifty years ago – is now gated and cleared.

Passenger vehicles were given notice of the closure a couple months ago. Removal from the Essex Crossing lot (Site 3) – between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets – is ongoing after its official gating this past Sunday.

Digging and development will commence at 202 Broome Street in due course. As previously reported, plans call for a 15-story mixed-use construction that includes 83 market-rate condo units across 104,594 square-feet (no affordable housing here). The project also includes 153,819 square-feet of commercial space, the majority of which is earmarked for the Market Line, the so-called “modern bazaar” connecting to the Essex Crossing “Gateway” building across Norfolk Street. CetraRuddy is the architect of record.

To that end, the consortium of developers behind the project (Delancey Street Associates) recently applied for “revocable consent” from the Department of Transportation to allow a tunnel connection beneath the street that connects the three buildings. Per the city agency, this permission is required for any individual or organization that wishes to “construct and maintain certain structures on, over, or under the inalienable property (streets and sidewalks) of the City.” Term is typically for ten years and can be, as the name suggests, revoked at any time.

Essex Crossing Phase II, Photo: Moso Studio

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