After mostly sitting vacant since 1967, a six acre area of the Lower East Side has begun it's transformation into a mixed use development with nine building sites. Now known as Essex Crossing, the $1 billion development will include residential, office, retail, cultural and community space. The mega development is overseen by a joint venture of L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners, and Taconic Investment Partners, and Goldman Sachs.
Included in the first phase of construction is the 14-story, 55-unit condo tower from SHoP Architects. The project is located on site 1 at the corner of Broome and Ludlow Street, anchoring the western edge of the development. Massing for the tower follows a typical podium and setback tower strategy, creating a sixth story outdoor terrace. The tower slopes inward at the southwest corner, opening up the terrace to more light and views.
Installation is wrapping up on the bronze-toned metal panel and glass curtain wall that clads the exterior. The design features faceted metal panels that frame the glass openings. At the podium, the metal panel spandrels covering the floor slabs create deep overhangs on the west facade as the form of the building torques at the southwest corner.
Condo units range from one-to-three-bedrooms, with 11 of the 55 units set aside under the city's affordable housing program. Residences will feature open concept kitchen and living spaces with typical ceiling heights of 10 feet in the living spaces.
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Site 2 features a 24-story tower with a five-story podium that will houses part of the Essex Street Market. Designed by Handel Architects, the mixed-use tower is the largest project in the 9-site mega development. Along with the market space and 195 rental units, half of which will fall under the affordable housing program, the tower will also house a 14-screen movie theater, an urban farm on the podium roof, and amenities for the residents. Currently, the steel superstructure for the podium is complete and installation of the bronze-toned metal panels has begun on the west façade.
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Construction scaffolding is beginning to come down at site five, a 15-story rental tower from Beyer Blinder Belle. The brick and metal panel clad building will also house a supermarket and a public school, with a West 8 designed park located along the site's northern boundary.
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At the eastern boundary of the mega project, site six features a 14-story, brick-and-punched window rental tower from Dattner Architects. All 99 units are set aside as affordable housing for seniors, and the podium will house a new NYU Langone medical center and a senior center operated by the Grand Street Settlement.
Developers: Delancey Street Associates (Taconic Investment Partners LLC, L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Goldman Sachs); Location: Essex Crossing, Lower East Side, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.