LES activist Francis Goldin on the SPURA site in 2010.
In November of last year, residents began moving into the first completed building at Essex Crossing, the project now under construction in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA). Today, city officials and community leaders will gather at the building, 175 Delancey St., for the its official grand opening. As we first reported last month, the building has been named in honor of Lower East Side activist Frances Goldin.
Goldin, 93, is a lifelong affordable housing crusader, a hero to many in the neighborhood. She was co-founder of the Cooper Square Committee and fought Robert Moses’ urban renewal schemes. For many decades, she also battled for affordable housing on the Seward Park site. When the community finally came together on a compromise plan in 2012 that called for 50% affordable housing on SPURA, Goldin called it, “not perfect but better than nothing.” In endorsing the deal, she said, “Let’s see this thing built for ourselves and our children.”
175 Delancey includes 99 apartments for low-income seniors, a senior center run by Grand Street Settlement, the GrandLo Cafe also operated by the settlement house and a medical center from NYU Langone.
In the New York Times today, David Santiago, a former Seward Park site tenant, is one of those interviewed. Santiago was just 6 in 1967 when his family was forced from their Delancey Street tenement. He just moved into an apartment in the Essex Crossing building.
We’ll have more after today’s grand opening. In the meantime, check out this video from 2009. Fran Goldin was the first speaker at an annual rally held on the SPURA site to keep pressure on city officials to finally build something. As you can see, she does not mince words.
All of the apartments, located on site 6 of the large mixed-use development, are one-bedroom units. At least one applicant must be 55 years of age or older. There are various income bands for the apartments, ranging from no income up to 90% of Area Median Income (AMI). Monthly rent will be set from $396-$1254. The largest block of apartments (75 units) are available to households earning between $21,066-$43,500/year.
Half of the apartments have been designated for residents of Community District 3. This project is, of course, rising in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Within the local set aside, former site tenants will have priority for the available units.
You can apply for these apartments through the NYC Housing Connect website. If you would like a paper application, send a request to: Essex Crossing Site 6/ Triborough Finance New Station, PO Box 2010, New York, NY 10035-9997. June 16 is the application deadline.
The Essex Crossing project will eventually include 1,078 apartments, 561 (or 52%) of them affordable. In addition to the 99 apartments, there will be a 55,000 square foot medical facility in this building from NYU Langone, a senior center and social enterprise cafe from Grand Street Settlement and an educational institution (not yet named). The 14-story building, designed by Dattner Architects, includes outdoor roof space.
Essex Crossing Project Manager Isaac Henderson said in a statement, “175 Delancey is designed specifically to meet urgent neighborhood needs – low-income seniors in particular… From the outset, we’ve prioritized our affordable units, and now have begun construction on 313 of the project’s 561 overall affordable units. We’re looking forward to starting construction on the second phase of Essex Crossing later this year.”
A housing lottery for another building, 145 Clinton St., got underway last month. The lotteries for two additional buildings, on Essex Crossing sites 1 and 2, will begin in the coming weeks. The project is being built by Delancey Street Associates, a consortium consisting of BFC Partners, L+M Development Partners, and Taconic Investment Partners.
In January of 2016, Delancey Street Associates, the consortium building the mixed-use project, announced that NYU had signed a 15-year lease for a space at 175 Delancey St. The medical facility, which will be called the Joan H. and Preston Robert Tisch Center, will be located in the same building housing affordable senior rentals and Grand Street Settlement’s senior center.
Details of NYU’s $32.8 million Lower East Side facility were included in a certificate of need application filed with the state March 7. From the executive summary:
NYU Langone Medical Center proposes to open a new Ambulatory Care Center, NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (Manhattan Community District 3) that will provide residents of this neighborhood with 21st century care, focused on the provision of care in the outpatient setting. Included in this center are both Article 28 and non-Article 28 programs. NYU Langone Medical Center requests approval from the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) for the Article 28 programs that will be located in this new facility. The NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center at Essex Crossing will include a free-standing multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center consisting of 4 Class C Operating Rooms as well as space dedicated to the provision of Physical Therapy services. It is expected that 2 of the Class C Operating Rooms will be dedicated to General Surgery procedures including ENT, GYN and Endoscopies while the remaining 2 Class C Operating Rooms will be dedicated to Orthopedic Surgery procedures.
In its application, NYU noted space limitations at its Center for Musculoskeletal Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center on 38th Street. It also pointed to “high utilization rates” in the operating rooms at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and the need for more space for physical therapy services. The institution expects that more than 9,600 physical therapy visits from residents of Community District 3, now being accommodated at existing facilities, will be shifted to Essex Crossing.
NYU plans to situate its physical therapy center on the ground floor of the building. The ambulatory surgery program will be located on the ground floor and in the cellar level. A few administrative offices will be on the second floor. More details from the application:
Patients will enter this site on the ground floor which is located off Delancey Street. The Physical Therapy Reception and Waiting Room will be accessed directly off the entrance vestibule. The Physical Therapy suite includes an open therapy and exercise area, a private physical therapy room, office, equipment and supply storage, changing rooms, soiled holding room, janitors’ closet, staff lounge, patient and staff toilets. Passing through the entrance vestibule, directly to the left, is the outpatient surgical waiting room which includes a reception desk, patient toilet, and wheelchair storage… The cellar floor of the program includes the pre-operative holding/recovery area containing 14 patient cubicles and one multipurpose Consultation/Examination/Observation /Perioperative holding/ recovery room.
The new facility is expected to open in late 2018.
175 Delancey St.; Site 6 of Essex Crossing. Photo by Delancey Street Associates.
One day last week, a flag went up on the roof of 175 Delancey St., signaling the “topping out” of the first of nine buildings in the big Essex Crossing project. The event passed with little fanfare, but it was an important occasion just the same. After four decades of community dissension over the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, it’s a milestone worthy of acknowledgement.
Delancey Street Associates, the consortium building the project, put out a press release this morning officially announcing the “topping out.” Project Manager Isaac Henderson said, “175 Delancey is designed specifically to meet urgent neighborhood needs – low-income seniors in particular – and that’s why we moved forward with it first… With affordable senior housing, a senior center, a job training facility and state-of- the-art medical center, 175 Delancey will be an essential community component of Essex Crossing.”
Four buildings are now under construction — on sites 1, 2, 5 and 6.
The site 6 complex, located on the southeast corner of Clinton and Delancey streets, will include 100 apartments for senior residents with annual household incomes between $24,200 and $54,400. The building will also be home to a 55,000 square foot medical center from NYU Langone. Grand Street Settlement will operate a 10,500 square foot senior center on the fourth floor and a social enterprise cafe in partnership with Think Coffee on the ground floor. The building, designed by Dattner Architects, is expected to be completed in December of next year. The other buildings are slated for completion in the summer of 2018.
Essex Crossing is a 1.9 million square foot project on nine parcels. There will eventually be 1,000 apartments, a 120,000 square foot public market called the Market Line, a 14-screen Regal movie theater and a cultural facility yet-to-be-named. Delancey Street Associates is a collaboration among three developers: Taconic Investment Partners, L+M Partners and BFC Partners.
Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 6; Dattner Architects.
Clinton Street, near Broome Street, yesterday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the Essex Crossing construction site on Clinton Street yesterday afternoon after pieces of concrete came showering down on a parked car. While a man was inside the black minivan, he was not injured.
A spokesperson for Delancey Street Associates, the development consortium, tells us the incident was related to a concrete pump malfunction. At the time, crews were working to pour the fourth floor slab at 175 Delancey St., known as site 6 of the large residential and commercial project.
According to the spokesperson, “There were no injuries and our site safety manager promptly reported the issue to the Department of Buildings. We conduct ongoing training as part of our work at the site and will continue to reinforce our safety protocol with each of our workers.”