Essex Crossing

In the heart of the Lower East Side lies Essex Crossing, a development comprised of 1.9 million square feet of residential, commercial, and community space. The nine sites on six acres, commonly known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), have sat mostly vacant since 1967 and represent one of the most significant urban renewal developments in the history of New York City. Through an unprecedented partnership between the community, city, developers and Grand St. Settlement, 100 additional supportive housing units for low- and moderate-income seniors will be built, and a community center in this same building will help Grand St. Settlement reach new heights. Construction will begin in 2015.

Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled the plan on September 18, 2013.  To read the city’s press release, “Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans For Major Mixed-Use Development In Long-Vacant Seward Park Area on Lower East Side,” click here.  To read Grand St. Settlement’s press release, click here.

In October 2013, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development presented this summary to Community Board 3.  It is attached here.  It summarizes the project history; request for proposal process; Community Board Task Force involvement; the selected team Delancey Street Associates; the site overview with key elements of Phase 1; plans for Essex Street Market; housing, affordable housing distribution and housing - sequencing; community facilities; retail; a proposed 90,000 square-foot Market Line below-grade that serves as a unifying foundation; office space, urban design, open space and sustainability; ongoing Task Force and community involvement; and next steps. To learn more visit the NYC Economic Development Corporation announcements on the Seward Park Mixed-Used Development Project.

Delancey Street Associates LLC is comprised of L + M Development Partners, BFC Partners, and Taconic Investment Partners. For more information on the Essex Crossing team please click here.  Grand St. Settlement is the lead community partner – bringing nearly a century of experience creating opportunities for low-income families living in Manhattan’ Lower East Side, and its experience building and operating supportive housing for seniors. In 2006, Grand St. Settlement built a 74-unit Senior Supportive Housing Building with US Department of Housing and Urban Development funding.

Planning for the community center is underway. By plugging the communities Grand St. Settlement serves into the benefits of technology, opportunities for low-income families and individuals on both sides of the Williamsburg Bridge will continue to expand. The community center will build upon Grand St. Settlement’s 14 years of active participation in the international Computer Clubhouse Network, agency-wide STEM Initiative, and experience in early childhood education. The center will include early childhood classrooms that are geared to meeting the needs of children with special needs.

Renderings by DSA/ShoP Architects