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First Essex Crossing project design plans revealed

Delancey Street Associates’ planned 15K sf park to include fixed play space, LES exhibit
July 11, 2014 05:45PM

Designs for the first project to break ground in Delancey Street Associates’ Essex Crossing development were unveiled before a Community Board 3 subcommittee last night. Work on the 15,000-square-foot park, which will ultimately stretch along Broome Street between Suffolk and Clinton streets, is expected to begin construction in March 2015 and be completed within two years.

The design calls for a linear park 35 percent planted with native trees, shrubs and bedding plants, and one area will offer a play space designed to accommodate children ages 2 to 5. And a large, fixed 10-person communal table will anchor another spot. Another component of the park will house a kiosk with rotating exhibits and information about the neighborhood, while an earlier proposal to include a kiosk serving food and drink has been dropped.

The park, dubbed Site No. 5 in the overall Essex Crossing development, will occupy the northern end of the block bounded by Grand, Suffolk, Broome and Clinton streets. It will measure 200 feet wide along Broome Street and be 77 feet deep along Suffolk and Clinton streets. The southwestern corner, meanwhile, is reserved by the city as a potential future school site.

City officials notified three Lower East Side businesses and one non-profit organization that they must vacate their properties last month in preparation for demolition of the three parcels of land associated with the Essex Crossing project. Plans are also on the move for a 10,000-square-foot Warhol Museum on what is now the Broome Street municipal parking lot. [Lo-Down]Julie Strickland