Lower East Side

255 East Houston Street

Rezoning Withdrawn for 13-Story, 63-Unit Project, 255 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

Developer Samy Mahfar has withdrawn an application to rezone a stretch of East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, which would have introduced a commercial overlay for the targeted area, allowing for commercial-retail space to be built at street level, the Lo-Down reported. That means Mahfar’s planned 13-story, 63-unit mixed-use project at 255 East Houston Street won’t have ground-floor retail space. Instead, the developer plans to move forward with an as-of-right project featuring leasable community facility space. It’s unclear if withdrawing from the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) changes the residential portion in any way. Twenty percent of the apartments (13 units) were set to be rented at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Filings at the Buildings Department haven’t been amended since plans were first filed for a 10-story, 53-unit structure. The Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect. Demolition has commenced on the existing four-story building.



115 Delancey Street

Foundation Work Complete for Essex Crossing’s 25-Story, 195-Unit Mixed-Use Tower, 115 Delancey Street, Lower East Side

Foundation work appears to be complete for the 25-story, 195-unit mixed-use building being developed as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development, at 115 Delancey Street, on the Lower East Side. A tower crane was also installed at the site, the Lo-Down reported, which means vertical growth is imminent. The latest building permits indicate the structure will encompass 498,688 square feet and stand 285 feet above street level. The building will have 139,493 square feet of commercial-retail space – in addition to bel0w-grade space that isn’t counted in documents — spread across the cellar through fourth floors. The cellar level, the ground floor, and mezzanine levels will contain retailers, including the new home of the Essex Street Market. This portion will form a third of the Market-Line, a bi-level, 150,000-square-foot retail complex that will connect below-grade to two other buildings in the Essex Crossing development.

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185 Bowery

19-Story, 300-Key CitizenM Hotel Tops Out At 185-191 Bowery, Lower East Side

Since it was only a single story above street level in January, it appears the structural core of the 19-story, 300-key CitizenM Hotel has topped out at 185-191 Bowery, located near the corner of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. The rest of the building, currently three stories in height, is slowly rising around the core, as seen in an update by Bowery Boogie. The latest building permits indicate the hotel will stand 224 feet above street level and encompass 99,433 square feet. Its rooms should average 265 square feet apiece and guest amenities will include a fitness center, storage for eight bikes, a lounge & bar in the cellar, a café on the ground floor, and a lounge & bar with a roof terrace on the 19th floor. A 3,383-square-foot public plaza will run along Bowery. Rinaldi Group is the developer and Stephen B. Jacobs Group is behind the design. Completion is expected later this year.


242 Broome Street

Foundation Work Underway for Essex Crossing’s 14-Story, 55-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 242 Broome Street, Lower East Side

Foundation work is now underway for the 14-story, 55-unit mixed-use building under development at 242 Broome Street (a.k.a. Site 1), located on the corner of Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user rbrome. The latest building permits indicate the new building will encompass 180,646 square feet. There will be 40,326 square feet of commercial-retail space across portions of the cellar through third floors. A bowling ally operated by Splitsville Luxury Lanes is expected to lease a significant amount of space. In addition, there will be 17,735 square feet of community facility space on the second through fourth floors. The space was once reserved for the Andy Warhol Museum, but plans for it have fallen through.


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