Workers have prepped the four-story 270 E. Second St. for demolition here between Avenue C and Avenue D.
This is the former home of Barrier Free Living (BFL), the nonprofit that provides transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities.
In December 2018, BFL officials unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art facility to replace its current building.
As a reminder, here's a rendering of the new 12-floor structure, designed by JCJ Architecture ...
And here's more from the news release about the new No. 270:
The new 65,000-square foot facility will provide permanent housing specifically to meet the needs of this population and will include 74 apartments, administrative offices, a rear garden, an elevated outdoor recreation area, and community and support spaces.
The building will challenge assumptions about the aesthetics associated with supportive housing and create a more direct and engaged relationship for residents with the surrounding environment. The new facility is intended to efficiently serve the needs of BFL’s clients, to provide a sense of pride, place and home for residents, and to create a unique architectural presence in the rapidly changing neighborhood where the East Village and Lower East Side converge.
Inspired by the parameters of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing NYC Plan, this project will provide affordable housing and support services for a grossly underserved population. The project team will work alongside agencies and stakeholders including NY State Home and Community Renewal, ESSHI and NY City Board of Standards & Appeals. Funding for related services and rent support will come from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.
BFL closed here in April 2018 after 28 years in service. The project was originally expected to be complete in late 2021.