New details have emerged about the residential project that will rise around the remains of the fire-ravaged Lower East Side synagogue, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Earlier this week we learned that the Chinese American Planning Council and Gotham Organization were planning a large mixed-use project along Broome Street, between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets; a community board meeting last night elicited more details about their plan.
The project will comprise of two towers: a 10-story building that will cantilever over the remains of the synagogue, and a 30-story building, Bowery Boogie reports. The 10-story building will have 88 affordable apartments for seniors, part of a deal the city made with the developers in light of the Rivington House fiasco.
The 30-story building will have 400 apartments, 100 of which will be permanently affordable. The Chinese American Planning Council will operate its new permanent headquarters from the base of the building, and the synagogue will also own a new commercial space within the overall development. In addition, there are plans for 20,000 square feet of retail, and outdoor space. Dattner Architects has been listed as the architect of record.
The presentation at Community Board 3 last night was the first step in city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and it could be several months before work on this project actually gets underway.