Demolition began this week on the old Broome Street fire house, the latest sign that the Essex Crossing development project is picking up momentum. As you can see from these photos show through the construction fencing, it did not take crews long to demolish portions of the southern wall. The 1937 structure is part of Essex Crossing site 5, which will be the new home of a 15-story residential and commercial building.
Last week, in a briefing before Community Board 3’s land use committee, members of the development team said demolition will take about two weeks. Crews will be working 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
Site 5 also consists of two tenements, 400-402 Grand St., which are now vacant after a protracted legal battle involving the remaining residential tenants. Annel Cabrera, an Essex Crossing spokesperson, said asbestos testing will soon begin in the buildings. Site 5 construction will likely start in late June or early July.
The project, located on the former Seward Park urban renewal site, includes 1,000 apartments, a new Essex Street Market and a small-scale retail concept called the Market Line. The Clinton Street site will house a still-to-be-named grocery store as well as apartments, a 15,000 sq. ft. park and a site for a potential public school.