Wild Mile – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, Wild Mile (Chicago, IL).
May 11, 2022
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Developers:BFC Partners; Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group; L+M Development Partners; New York City Economic Development Corporation; New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development; Prusik Group; Taconic Partners
Designers: Beyer Blinder Belle; CetraRuddy; Dattner Architects; DXA Studio; Future Green Studio; Handel Architects; Kokobo Greenscapes; SHoP Architects; SLCE Architects; Studios Architecture; West 8
Site Size: 6 Acres
Called “one of New York’s most promising mixed-use developments” by The New York Times, Essex Crossing comprises 1.9 million square feet of residential, commercial, and community space in the heart of the Lower East Side. The $2 billion project, which is over 90 percent complete, includes 1,079 units of housing, 350,000 square feet of Class A office space, 100,000 square feet of community facility space, and 300,000 square feet of retail space, including The Market Line, which will be the City’s largest marketplace upon completion.
Essex Crossing’s nine sites on six acres had sat mostly vacant since 1967 and represent one of the most significant urban renewal developments in New York City’s history. In an effort to reunite the community and address a citywide need for affordable housing, Delancey Street Associates worked with local residents and stake holders to reimagine the under-used space as a mixed-use community, Essex Crossing.
The goal for the project was to create an equitable and inclusive model of mixed-income housing while facilitating a new approach to commercial development. With a focus on preserving the original character of the neighborhood while also meeting the needs of the local community, Essex Crossing stands as a testament to how thoughtful public-private partnerships can acknowledge past wrongs and work toward a united future. The complex is now home to a public park, provides access to local-cost groceries and fresh food, and has varied retail options–all deemed needed amenities by the community.
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