The Decades-Old Broome Street Firehouse is Now a Pile of Rubble

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 at 9:22 am by

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Photo: Dennis Archer

It’s a theme repeated ad nauseum on this site. An historic structure on the Lower East Side reduced to rubble. Such is the case (again) with 185 Broome Street, the old firehouse building that dated (note, past tense) back to the 1930s.

The tidal wave of Essex Crossing is crashing … and crushing. It only took about a week for the demolition team to raze this building. But now the lot is almost fully clear and ready to receive its fifteen-story payload.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects – partner in the Delancey Street Associates consortium tasked with the project – is constructing the Site 5 tower. Approximately 223,000 square-feet of real estate is planned, split between both residential (179,915) and commercial use (42,993). That means 211 units (104 affordable), bike parking, third-floor terrace, and privately-run “public” park (technically the consortium owns, but open to all).

West 8 is designing the park component, which straddles a 200-by-77-foot carve-out along Broome Street.

A school and supermarket are also baked into the plans for Site 5.

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