Tough Slog for ABC No Rio and its Passive House on Rivington Street

Posted on: December 13th, 2019 at 5:11 am by

The redevelopment of ABC No Rio into an environmentally friendly passive house is again dogged by delays.

In an appeal for donations on Giving Tuesday this month, ABC No Rio director Steve Englander provided an update on status of the new development. Another setback; this time it’s the necessary redesign of the foundation and plans for excavation. Apparently, the outcome was determined while digging test pits earlier this fall.

But Englander wants to assure fans that work on the passive house is proceeding behind the scenes, and they hope to have better news in the new year.

“We know that progress with the new building has seemed slow, but please be assured, we are moving forward,” he wrote on the ABC No Rio Facebook page last week. “It’s been tough and we’re glad that you’ve had our back.”

Tough is putting it mildly. The project at 156 Rivington is a decade in the making, and the original tenement home on Rivington Street came down two years ago.

The four-story “Passive House” facility, designed by local architect Paul A. Castrucci, will eventually boast larger exhibition and performance spaces (doubling the size), in addition to a green roof and second-floor terrace. The solar-equipped building will also have an elevator and host the organization’s zine library, computer lab, print shop, dark room, and kitchen.

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