Essex Crossing Etc: Full Steam Ahead at 3 of the Lots

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 at 5:13 am by

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A look at Essex Crossing, Site 1

And so it begins. The ground has officially been broken at three of the six Essex Crossing parcels. Thus commences ten years (at the very least) of constant construction along Delancey Street.

Site 1, Ludlow/Broome

This lot has seen the most activity so far. Backhoes are already busy with the earth moving. We caught it sitting on a mound of dirt and brick. Dump trucks are also a mainstay on the heavily residential Broome Street.

As reported, the incoming residential tower is the only condo building during this first phase of construction. It’ll ascend fourteen stories and boast 55 units with an 80-20 mix of market rate and affordable respectively. Splitsville Lanes, a luxury bowling alley, is confirmed for the basement space; Andy Warhol Museum backed out of the project earlier this year, though.

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Site 2, Essex/Delancey

It’s been an empty lot ever since the Essex Market south was summarily razed earlier this spring. That takedown lasted four weeks; what remains is the subway entrance.

Davey Drill rig was briefly parked onsite (again) for soil samples.

As the flagship building of the Essex Crossing brand, the 24-story “Gateway” is the busiest. It contains the “upgraded” Essex Market facility, a 14-screen Regal movie theater, a 12,000 square-foot urban farm on the roof of the five-story podium, and 195 residential units (split 50-50 market rate, affordable).

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Site 5, Broome/Clinton

The 1930s-era firehouse at 185 Broome Street was quickly eradicated from the block at the end of May. Backhoes have also taken up residence here. A fifteen story mixed-use tower is on the way. There will be a public park and school situated on this spit of land, as well.

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