A schematic drawing of the long-planned, four-story, 9,000-square-foot commercial building at 156 Rivington Street, on the Lower East Side, has surfaced in a Bowery Boogie report. The structure, which will be built to Passive House standards, will contain a mix of community, performance, and office spaces across the cellar through the fourth floors. There will also be outdoor terraces on the second floor and rooftop level. Renderings of the building’s exterior were previously revealed in 2014. Paul A. Castrucci Architect is behind the design. ABC No Rio will operate the new property, although the art organization must first demolish their existing four-story building on the site. Demolition permits were recently filed and new building applications were approved in 2011. The project has been financed through private donations and city grants. A construction timeline hasn’t been released.
Lower East Side
On the heels of news of a 66-story, 718-foot-tall building planned at 260 South Street, there is more high-rise news from the Lower East Side. It has been revealed that, in the spring, the Starrett Corporation filed pre-applications with the Department of City Planning for a 60-story, 741-unit residential tower at 271-283 South Street, located on the corner of Clinton Street. The preliminary plans, which the developer states are in the exploratory stage, indicate the building would measure 620,000 square feet, the Lo-Down reported. Since the project is also expected to benefit from the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program, at least 20 percent of the units will be designated as affordable housing. Air rights first have to be transferred to the site from around the block. The 20,177-square-foot property is currently vacant. The East Broadway stop on the F train is located four blocks away.
Two Bridges Associates (a partnership between L+M Development Partners and the CIM Group) filed pre-applications earlier this year with the Department of City Planning for a 66-story, 1,400-unit residential tower at 260 South Street, on the Lower East Side. The building, which is in the early stages of development, will encompass 1.1-million square feet and stand 718 feet in height, the Lo-Down reported. Twenty-five percent of the project’s residential units, or 350 apartments, will be designated as affordable housing. The structure would be built on an existing parking lot along South Street. An underground parking garage would be built to retain the spaces. In addition to a new tower, the project includes expanding the retail footprint on the ground floors of 265 Cherry Street and 275 Cherry Street, two existing 26-story residential towers (called Lands End II) with 491 apartments located on the northern end of the property. Rutgers Park, located on the western end, is also expected to see a renovation. It’s unclear whether the project requires approval via the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
The Parks Department and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation have launched a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the long-vacant, single-story Allen Street pedestrian mall, the former public bathroom located at the intersection with Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. As disclosed earlier this year, the city hopes a developer or business can convert the little building into a “food service facility,” DNAinfo reported. Community facilities are apparently not being considered at this time. Repairs to the structure will have to include significant work to the roof, walls, and floors, in addition to the replacement of door and windows, and the installation of necessary infrastructure. The restaurant and/or food vendor may also include outside seating. Proposals are due September 15, and the city expects to select a team in early 2017.
The Lower East Side is in the midst of a new era of transformation. The Streit’s Matzo Factory has moved, construction of Essex Crossing is humming along, a neighborhood-wide beautification project should reach its goal this summer, and the Lowline is moving forward. The Houston Street corner opposite an iconic deli is also getting a new neighbor, and now there’s a new look at that project.