Plans for the replacement at 119-121 2nd Avenue have been submitted to the Landmark Preservation Commission, allowing the public a first look at what may be coming to an East Village corner. The three lots previously on the site were cleared from the devastating 2015 East Village gas explosion, which injured 19 and caused two deaths. The two lots were purchased for $9.15 million in 2017, and permits were filed in late February 2018 for the replacement. Nexus Development will be responsible for the rebuild, first revealed by EV Grieve.
Morris Adjmi Architects is responsible for the design. The modernist take on the traditional East Village lexicon is significantly closer to the original architecture than what we’re used to seeing in the neighborhood. The building will feature a grey masonry façade with corbelled brick mortar along the top floor, and a perforated cornice parapet crowning the lot.
The 76-foot tall structure will yield 33,920 square feet, with 20,740 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 2,090 square feet for commercial-retail use on the ground floor and cellar. 21 apartments will be created, averaging 988 square feet apiece.
Tenants will have access to storage space, laundry, 11 bicycle parking spaces, a fitness center and recreation terrace on the second floor, and an outdoor recreation space on the rooftop. A single unit will occupy the seventh floor, endowed with a private terrace.
There is no word yet for what is expected to happen at 123 2nd Avenue, which was reportedly sold to Ezra Wibowo in 2016.