BY: EVAN BINDELGLASS ON JANUARY 14TH 2015 AT 6:30 PM
Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 2
Rendering of Essex Crossing Site 2, from Handel
Presented first was site no. 2, located at 80 Essex Street and 115 Delancey Street and designed by Frank Fusaro of Handel Architects. It will have 195 rental apartments in a 285-foot, 24-floor building, evenly split between market-rate and affordable units, the latter set aside for those earning between 37 percent and 155 percent of the area median income (which in 2014 was nearly $84,000 for a family of four). It will also house the Essex Street Market (which was moved from the yet-to-be-unveiled site no. 9), the 1,250-seat Regal movie theater (which will be Manhattan’s largest south of 14th Street), an urban farm on the roof of the tower’s five-story base, and room for more retail. Since the space around the movie theater can’t have windows, a combination of folded and bent metal panels will create the impression of fenestration, with real openings along the fire stairs. Demolition of the existing structures on this site is expected as early as the end of the month.