LPC approves Morris Adjmi’s condo project for East Village gas explosion site

August 8, 2018

Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved on Tuesday a seven-story condo on the site of the 2015 East Village gas explosion. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the project was first presented to the commission in July but was sent back to the drawing board over concerns regarding the windows and gloomy coloring. According to Curbed NY, the firm’s new design features a brighter facade, more traditional windows to reflect the character of the East Village and a permanent plaque to honor the two people that died during the explosion.

119-121 Second Avenue, East Village, LPC

The project, developed by Nexus Building Development, will contain 21 condos, ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments. On Tuesday, the LPC suggested the railings on the building’s penthouse be set back, to be dealt with on staff level, according to Curbed.

Image of the site in 2017 via Google Street View

In March 2015, an explosion caused by illegal tap into the gas main wrecked three buildings on Second Avenue and killed two people. The lots sat vacant until last June, when the owner of the properties sold two of the lots, at 119 and 121 Second Avenue, to Nexus for $9.15 million. The third site at 123 Second Avenue was sold to Ezra Wibowo for $6 million.

[Via Curbed NY]


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