We’ll have a full report from last night’s Seward park redevelopment planning session in the days ahead. But since architectural renderings (even if they are just for demonstration purposes) cause an endless amount of fascination, we wanted to put these images up this morning.
City officials and their architectural firm walked committee members through four possible scenarios for the Essex Street Market, which is part of the larger redevelopment site. One option is leaving the market in its current 1940 building north of Delancey Street. The drawings you’re looking at now depicts another option — building a new, larger facility within a mixed (commercial and residential building) on the southeast corner of Delancey and Essex streets.
The building would have about twice as much space as the present market and include an outdoor courtyard opening onto Broome Street. It would be built on two levels, plus have storage and maintenance facilities in the basement.
No decisions were made last night. Next month, the committee will begin deciding what aspects of the overall Seward park plan will be included in a comprehensive environmental assessment set to get underway in the fall.
And to be absolutely clear: THESE RENDERINGS WERE CREATED TO FACILITATE LAST NIGHT’S CONVERSATION. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT AN ARCHITECTURAL PLAN FOR A NEW MARKET!
Proposed floor plan: the market would be located on two levels. Part of the ground floor in a new building would be taken up by the lobby of the residential complex sharing SPURA Site #2.