The massive 1.9 million-square-foot Essex Crossing complex slated to transform the Lower East Side may break ground as early as June of this year, and developers recently released new renderings of what it will look like when it's complete. Currently occupied by six acres of parking lots, the site is set to become a retail and residential complex, including multiple affordable housing units, as well as an urban farm. The developers of the controversial SPURA (Seward Park Urban Renewal Area) project say they are close to securing the necessary commercial leases that would allow the project to move forward and begin construction this year.
The SPURA plan for the area around Delancey and Essex Streets has been met with mixed reactions, as it will drastically change the landscape of the Lower East Side. But with a growing population in the city, the project will provide new and greatly needed affordable housing. Plans revealed that one building, designed by Handel Architects, will combine 97 market-rate apartments with 97 affordable units. The Handel-designed building will also house the new Essex Street Market for locals to pick up farm fresh foods, but will also boast an even more exciting place to get veggies – their very own urban farm. The Market Line will grow organic fruits and vegetables on-site, which will be sold in the market, as well as to local restaurants.
Another building, on Grand and Suffolk streets, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, will include 105 market-rate apartments and 104 affordable apartments, while a unit on Clinton and Broome will be reserved for senior housing, and include 100 affordable housing apartments.
Developers anticipate the project will finally break ground mid-year.
Via Capital New York