Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Demolition watch: 270 E. 2nd St.

That's all for the four-story 270 E. Second St. here between Avenue C and Avenue D.

This is what's left of the former home of Barrier Free Living (BFL), the nonprofit that provides transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities.

As previously reported (dating to December 2018), BFL officials unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art facility called Freedom Village to replace the now-demolished building.

Coming soon, a new 13-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. New building permits were filed on May 8 with the city.


noble neolani said...

wonderful how that new building will block its neighbors morning light. Why do architects only think about themselves sometimes?

Anonymous said...

The people in the orange brick building to the right must be so happy to see that the façade will block out their sunlight.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful building providing absolutely necessary services for those in need.

Anonymous said...

That's beside enjoying years of construction, of course.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who lives on this block knows that sunlight is not a major concern as all these buildings face South on Houston - an extra wide street with a park on the south side = tons of natural light.
Also the rendering shows evening light, not morning.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the construction on this building might begin??

Anonymous said...

Started recently and likely will continue into Q3 2025 by the looks of it.