The Lo-Down has renderings and info about the first buildings that will go up as part of the massive Essex Crossing development. Old buildings should start coming down this spring, and shovels may hit dirt this summer, but don’t expect this all to be over for another ten years.
Meanwhile, Curbed reveals that plans for underground parking have been scrapped by the DOT, citing concerns that adding a significant number of cars to the neighborhood would exacerbate a traffic problem already caused by the Delancey Street/Williamsburg Bridge thoroughfare.
Here are the first four building designs:
Site 2 is the big one, on the southeast corner of Essex & Delancey. This is where the 14-screen movie theater will go, as well as the updated Essex Market. The tower will be 24 stories with close to 200 apartments.
Site 1 will take up the parking lot between Essex and Ludlow on Broome Street. An annex of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum will face Essex Street, with other commercial spaces facing Ludlow and Broome. The 14-story tower will have 55 condos.
Site 5 is the one part of the project that touches Grand Street on the block between Clinton and Suffolk. A large supermarket is planned for the Grand Street commercial space (this is right across the street from Seward’s Fine Fare), a public park sits along Broome Street, and the 15-story tower will contain 211 apartments.
Site 6 sits east of Clinton Street between Broome and Delancey. The 14-story tower contains 100 apartments for low-income seniors. Grand Street Settlement is expected to run programs for seniors, and a health care clinic may take up residence on the first and second floors.