Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Reaching the top at the all-new 12-story building at 280 E. Houston St.

Top photo by Stacie Joy

Workers have reached the top at 280 E. Houston St., the 12-story mixed-used building that bulked up quickly between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

EVG reader Jim Knapp shared the photo below last week showing the newly arrived American flags atop the structure...
As noted, the new building encompasses 224,809 square feet of space — for residential, commercial and community use. The residential portion will total 211,028 square feet for 157 apartments, per DOB records. The retail section will feature 12,000 square feet, while the community facility is 1,300 square feet.

Jim also shared this photo showing the property in the late 1980s before Red Square arrived at 250 E. Houston St.
The parcel previously housed a single-level strip of storefronts that several years ago either relocated closer to the residential building at No. 250 E. Houston St. (Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center) or closed (Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins, Subway, Mattress Firm and China Town).

The elongated trapezoidal lot housed a gas station until about 1987. This post from 2016 includes a photo of it.

Prep work (plywood, pedestrian barriers, etc.) started in February 2023. According to the rendering, the completion date is now February 2025.


Anonymous said...

Doesn't seem to be many single story commercial buildings left from that period. Maybe just Key Foods, Shop Fair, the corner of A and 14th and a couple single plots on the cross streets. Took a decade to destroy it and another 50 years to rebuild it

sonyblockbuster said...

Response to commenter above:
Katz corner, and Arlene's Grocery are single story building/blocks still around, but maybe these don't count since LES.

That 3rd photo of the empty lot with the abandoned (burned out) buildings is insane. You should post more from that period one day.

Sarah said...

There are a number south of Houston--both of the blocks, I think, on Grand between Essex and Suffolk (where Doughnut Plant is).