Henry Street Settlement Begins Rehabilitation Work on its Firehouse Facility
The Henry Street Settlement is moving forward with its plans to revamp a retired Lower East Side firehouse.
Even though the ceremonial groundbreak transpired back in November, only now is the real job beginning. The Department of Buildings issued permits last week to redevelop the local icon (269 Henry Street) into a new community facility for the nonprofit.
When the smoke clears, so to speak, the remodeled firehouse, with interiors designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, will add some 6,700 square-feet of space dedicated to the Neighborhood Resource Center/Parent Center (moving from 281 East Broadway). The program will offer free walk-in services such as crisis intervention, financial counseling, legal services, parenting support, and access to benefits like low-cost health insurance, food stamps, and social security. The building itself will be renamed the Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center, thanks to “generous gifts” from the Burch Family that helped the organization secure this property.
Construction should conclude sometime in 2020.
The historic firehouse at 269 Henry Street – built in 1884 and previously owned by the city – had been sitting dormant since shortly after 9/11. It once housed Engine Company 15 which subsequently folded into Ladder 18 a few blocks north on Pitt Street.
The city officially transferred ownership of the building to the Henry Street Settlement last year in exchange for the princely sum of $1.