SPURA (Seward Park Urban Renewal Area), is the largest New York City undeveloped land-owned space in Manhattan. Located in near Delancey and Essex streets, it covers five vacant lots.

Close to forty years in the making, Essex Crossing is a plan to transform the empty land into a mixed-used space in the historic neighborhood of the Lower East Side. 

In a press release, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the plans and designs. The new construction will not only change view on Delancey Street, but promise to: “create a vibrant mixed-income community anchored by new market-rate and permanently affordable income-limited housing; offering both rental and homeownership opportunities.”

In a neighborhood surrounded by low-income and public housing, there is much debate to whether the new development will distort the neighborhood.


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