One of the three sites that were leveled in the East Village gas explosion three years ago will now sprout a condo building, The Real Deal has learned. Last summer, two of those sites, located at 119 and 121 Second Avenue sold to developer Nexus Building Development Group for $9.15 million; Nexus has now brought on Morris Adjmi to design a seven-story condo at 119 Second Avenue.
Plans filed with the city’s Department of Buildings reveal 21 apartments spread out over the building’s seven floors. Plans also call for retail on the lower level, and amenities announced so far include a fitness room, a common terrace, an outdoor recreation space, a laundry room, and bicycle parking.
A third building that was leveled because of the explosion (at 123 Second Avenue) sold for $6 million in the fall of 2016, but is not part of this development plan.
The 2015 explosion was determined to have been caused by an illegally installed gas line at 121 Second Avenue. Two people were killed and several others injured as a result of the explosion; the city filed manslaughter charges against the owners of the buildings at 119 and 121 Second Avenue, and two others. They are still awaiting a trial.