Excavation has begun at 208 Delancey Street, the site of a 119-foot-tall, 11-story residential development on the Lower East Side. Located near the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge between Pitt Street and Ridge Street, the 80,200-square-foot project is designed by ODA Architecture and developed by New Empire Real Estate Development, with Shiming Tam Architect as the architect of record. The building will contain 69 condominium units averaging 854 square feet apiece.
Photos from the Williamsburg Bridge show an excavator in the process of removing large mounds of cinder block rubble on the L-shaped plot. The project will rise around the existing five-story building at the corner of Delancey Street and Pitt Street, giving it a distinctive massing that will set it apart from the historic tenement structures of the neighborhood. The property was previously occupied by an unfinished steel superstructure from a stalled development that has since been completely dismantled.
The development will contain 59,000 square feet of residential space and balconies that curve outward from the floor plans. Two penthouse floors will sit on the tenth and 11th floors. Amenities include a landscaped roof deck, a laundry room, a lounge, an outdoor recreation area, a pet grooming station, onsite parking for ten vehicles, a bicycle room, and private storage. The ground floor will house an 8,300-square-foot ambulatory diagnostic facility.
The design has changed since the original iteration below, and now features a warm-colored brick cladding and rounder forms.
The closest subway is the F train at the Delancey Street station. Access to the bicycle and pedestrian lanes of the Williamsburg Bridge is about three blocks away to the west.
A completion date for 208 Delancey Street has not been announced.