As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
252 South Street
There are only a few locations outside of Midtown and the Financial District that support supertall (or near supertall) development. The newest such location is the far Lower East Side, where Extell’s 252 South Street, also known as One Manhattan Square, is now rising. While several renderings of the project have been revealed, YIMBY now has a full video of the soon-to-be skyscraper and its impact on the Manhattan skyline, posted on the YIMBY Forums and also on Curbed.
In October, complete renderings were revealed of Extell Development’s 80-story, 815-unit condominium tower at 252 South Street, in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side. At the time, foundation work was the main focus, but now the core of the tower is beginning to rise and is above street level, Bowery Boogie reports. The project is dubbed One Manhattan Square and being designed by Adam Associates. It will include 90,000 square feet of amenity space in total and a separate 13-story, 205-unit affordable residential building. There will also be roughly 20,000 square feet of retail space. Completion is expected in 2019.
Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed the first few renderings of Extell Development’s 252 South Street, on the Lower East Side (in the Two Bridges neighborhood), and now Bloomberg Business has the full reveal for the 80-story tower. Dubbed One Manhattan Square, the building will have more than 800 condominiums, and will feature 50,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, respectively. Foundation work is well underway, and completion is expected by early 2019. Adam Associates is the architect of record.