Last Residential Holdouts in 400 Grand Street Pushed out by Essex Crossing

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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The freestanding tenement siblings at 400-402 Grand Street couldn’t stand a chance in the face of the game-changing Essex Crossing development. There’s just too much money at stake here. These two buildings have been ready for bulldozing since April 2014, when the city officially issued demolition permits to Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers behind the multimillion-dollar project.

Holdout residents and businesses of both properties have officially vacated the premises. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and Express Shoe Repair both faded last year. And now we learn that the remaining six tenants who battled the city for years are also gone. According to Delancey Street Associates spokesperson Annel Cabrera, the residents departed two weeks ago after an agreement was reached with the city. Just as the 12-foot-high plywood wall began to creep around the perimeter. The windows are now all boarded up.

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We reached out to HPD for comment on the agreement and whereabouts of these tenants, but haven’t received a response.

400-402 Grand Street together sit on the site of SPURA lot 5, which is currently earmarked for a fifteen-story mixed-use tower (211 units, half affordable, school facility, and park on the Broome Street front.

When the smoke clears – after a decade of work – Essex Crossing will boast 1,000 new apartments (50% are permanently affordable), a rumored Bowlmor, upgraded Essex Market facility, 14-screen movie theater, and pseudo-public park on Broome Street.

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December 2014


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