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Documents Filed For New Large-Scale Residential Project at 161 Broome St.

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Get ready for more large-scale construction in the area between Delancey and Grand streets.

Developers have filed plans for a new 15-story mixed-use building at 161 Broome St. That’s a site owned by the Grand Street Guild, a nonprofit corporation formed by the Archdiocese of New York.  According to documents filed with the Department of Buildings, the 770,000 square foot project will include 232 apartments, as well as retail and community spaces. The Real Deal posted a rendering of the building, designed by Handel Architects.

The Lo-Down first reported on the project back in January of 2018. Two towers are actually in the works, one on the site of an existing parking garage, and the other on the site of a daycare center one block to the east on Broome Street. In the past, the Grand Street Guild has detailed plans for more than 400 affordable rental units in the two new buildings. No market rate housing was planned.

According to the city filings, the building at 161 Broome will include 15,000 square feet of retail space and 11,200 square feet of community facility space. There is also indoor parking for 126 vehicles. There are 18 apartments per floor.

This area has, of course, seen unprecedented development in recent years. The new sites are located in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Essex Crossing developers have already put up three buildings on adjacent sites, with two more now under construction. The Gotham Organization is also moving ahead with two new towers on the site of the fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The Chinese American Planning Council, which owns part of the development parcel, recently began publicizing its “vision of a new mixed-use development in the Lower East Side.

The Grand Street Guild built three 26-story towers with 600 apartments in 1973 on property surrounding St. Mary’s Church.

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