In case you didn't see all the hoopla announcements yesterday about "Essex Crossing," the $1.1 billion plan for that decades-long vacant lot along Essex and Delancey (The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, aka SPURA).
And if it all happens, the area might look like this one day ...
According to the news release from the Mayor's Office:
[T]he project ... includes a 15,000-square-foot open space, a new and expanded Essex Street Market, a dual-generation school operated by the Educational Alliance, a community center run by Grand Street Settlement, a rooftop urban farm, the Andy Warhol Museum, 250,000 square feet of office space and a diverse mix of retail space. Seward Park will also become a hub of small-business incubation, with micro-retail spaces and creative and tech co-working and incubator space.
Not to mention a bowling alley.
As for the housing, of the 1,000 apartments, half will be permanently affordable to low- and middle-income families and individuals.
There are many outlets that have been covering this. Such as!
• The Lo-Down
• The New York Times
And the timelines for all this? From Gothamist:
Groundbreaking on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2015, with five buildings slated to come up by the summer of 2018, the remaining housing units finished by 2021. The entire project will be finished by 2024 — that is, unless a different mayor steps in.