Monday, October 7, 2013

What 331 E. Houston St. will look like one day

[July 2013]

Spotted some more information about the future of 331 E. Houston St. over at The Lo-Down this afternoon. (The Lo-Down was first to report on the sale of this long Mystery Lotish land in the summer of 2012.)

Preliminary construction for the 13-story building here at Ridge Street is underway.

And here's what it will look like...

[Via the Commercial Observer]

Per the Commercial Observer:

The owners are working with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to ensure that their project meets all requirements for the city’s affordable housing program ... Upon completion, 80 percent of the units will be rented at market rate, while the other 20 percent will be based on New York City area incomes.

Read the rest of the piece here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
An L-Shaped footprint ready to make its impression on East Houston Street

An abandoned car in an empty lot that will soon yield a 13-floor residential building


Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Breathtaking. 2 Shades of Grey.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

I've been enjoying watching the wildflowers swallow that car.

The future looks grim for anyone with a window in that first photo.

Anonymous said...

Another dull piece of crap. How exciting!

Giovanni said...

Hey EV, check out this photo gallery of EV squatters from the 90s, some pretty decent relics from a lost world of not so long ago:

Some of these squatter's interiors beat the plain-vanilla mouthwash school of design aesthetic of those $4 million glass box condos by a mile. You just can't buy taste.

The Glass is 20 Percent Full. Or Is It 80 Percent Empty? said...

"80 percent of the units will be rented at market rate, while the other 20 percent will be based on New York City area incomes."

That's a very interesting statement. One might expect that 100% of the units' rent would be based on New York City area incomes. At least in a rational world, because how else would people rent the units if the rent were too high for their income?

Probably the author intended to say something else, maybe that the 20 percent would be rented to people who could provide basic services to the 80 percent of the remainder. Because you know, they do need cleaning ladies and waiters and delivery boys, and those people do need to live somewhere close enough to service the remaining 80 percent.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks Giovanni. Saw that yesterday at the Times. I really like her photos.

blue glass said...

when "cross subsidy" began some years ago the formula was 80% low income housing with 20% market rate to subsidize the low income.

some community groups fought for 100% low income housing (now called affordable housing).

the outcome was 80% market rate with 20% affordable.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mr Architect! You've created one of the worst designs in human history! Not only is it terribly awful, unimaginative and dull, its so dull its not even crappy-interesting.

Anonymous said...

Probably okay to just "save" this article and run it every time a new building is announced, since they are really beginning to look the same.

Will these units have Bosch Rocks kitchens?

Anonymous said...

This is an insult to all architecture students everywhere. Just horribly ugly. Geez.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of certain areas of Berlin. And not in a good way.