Demolition of 400-402 Grand Street Begins, Because Essex Crossing

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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Time has come today …

For the demolition of two more buildings to make way for the beast of burden that is Essex Crossing. Over a year after the requisite permits were issued by the Department of Buildings, the tenement twins at 400-402 Grand Street are finally meeting their maker, so to speak. Up went the boards on Friday afternoon, painted forest green and ready for action. Now, as it stands, the entire square block of Grand/Broome/Clinton/Suffolk is encased in an intimidating 12-foot wall of plywood.

The six holdout tenants of 400 Grand who battled the city for years vacated the premises two months ago. According to Delancey Street Associates (the developer consortium) spokesperson Annel Cabrera, the residents made an agreement with the city and were relocated. Their collective move was preceded by the mom-and-pop businesses – The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and Express Shoe Repair – on the ground floor.

400-402 Grand Street together sit on the site of SPURA lot 5, currently slated for a fifteen-story mixed-use tower. It’s the same parcel from which the old firehouse was excised. The new construction will boast 211 units (half affordable), a school facility, and park on the Broome Street front.

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

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Essex Crossing, Site 5

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