The Lower East Side’s ongoing development boom has been substantial, with projects ranging from Essex Crossing to One Manhattan Square now nearing completion. But in between those two sites, on a seemingly forgotten block of East Broadway, plans are in the works for another two high-rises. YIMBY last reported on 226-232 East Broadway back in 2016, when the Ascend Group acquired the buildings and lots for $47.5 million. Today, we have the exclusive first look at what’s expected to rise on the site, with two towers of 20 and 36 stories apiece expected to flank the landmark former nursing home at 228 East Broadway.
Permits have yet to be filed for the site, but the plans call for the new towers to total approximately 240,000 square feet. Space 4 Architecture, aka S4Architecture, is designing the site.
In the words of the architects,
Our goal was to design two buildings that would socially and proportionally integrate with the surrounding neighborhood fabric. It was important for us to avoid the monumentality which is often associated with similar developments, and instead provide a sense of belonging and individualization for the future residents.
The plans are certainly an improvement over the currently forlorn state of the former nursing home. The surrounding neighborhood is largely composed of tower-in-the-park style developments, and much of the area has been completely frozen in time since these were built.
While piecemeal infill of the “Tower in the Park” plans that dominate the neighborhood is beneficial, an overarching redevelopment scheme would help undo the damage wrought by the extant architecture, which is quite hostile to pedestrians.
A strip of pre-war urbanity remains to the south, between East Broadway and Madison Streets, but the immediate surrounds to the north contain empty green space and unattractive apartment buildings. Essex Crossing is about two blocks to the north, while the waterfront skyscrapers surrounding One Manhattan Square will be about five blocks to the south.
The East Broadway station for the F train is a short walk and a long block to the west of 226-232 East Broadway, providing convenient access to the subway system. Completion is tentatively expected for 2020 or 2021.