History Made: The First of Four New Essex Crossing Buildings Tops Out at 14 Stories

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Essex Crossing just reached a milestone. The flag is mounted…

For the first time in decades, since the federally-backed “slum clearance” of 1967 removed all trace of housing from the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the skeleton of a new building sits on the corner of Clinton and Delancey Streets (aka 175 Delancey). The concrete superstructure officially topped out yesterday afternoon at fourteen stories, a slim few weeks later than initial target.

It’s also three months ago to the day that concrete from the future senior home tumbled and crashed through an SUV due to a “concrete pump malfunction.” Luckily, no one was injured.

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As previously reported, this 14-story building at Site 6 is to house a senior center (100% affordable), fifth-floor garden terrace, and commercial space for the NYU Langone Medical Center, International Center of Photography (lease still being negotiated), and the Grand Street Settlement (youth center and cafe partnership with Think Coffee).

This is but the beginning of a near-decade-long ordeal. Phase I. In sum, a total of nine buildings will rise when the smoke and dust clears on or around 2024.

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