Curbed has a piece today on updated developments and/or theories for the new Essex Crossing Project, aka SPURA, or the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, which had been its name for decades, as it languished as parking lots, vacant lots, rundown, falling apart tenements, etc.
The Market Line, as it's called, will contain the new Essex Street Market (still run by the city), along with a food hall and other assorted stuff. It will span 3 buildings, on 3 blocks, connected via underground passages.
We're watching the first phase go up right across the street, (quickly, I might add) on Grand between Clinton and Suffolk Streets. It's anchor retail tenant (at 30,000 square feet or so) doesn't thrill me - Trader Joe's will be in that building. We were hoping for something like a Wegman's or Stu Leonard's, but the space wasn't big enough to support them.
In any event, when it's done, I'm hoping it will be pretty damn nice, and it's been a long time coming. Considering what those blocks have looked like for the 13 years we've lived down here, it can only be an improvement.
Here's a rendering of a portion south of Delancey: