Renderings revealed for Morris Adjmi’s proposed luxury condo on East Village gas explosion site

June 13, 2018

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

Just over three years ago, an explosion from an illegal tap into the gas main destroyed three buildings on Second Avenue and killed two people in the East Village. Last year, two lots of the three at the site were sold for just over $9 million. And this week renderings have been revealed for a new condo building set to rise on the same plot. The images were found by EV Grieve in an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by the new building’s developer, Yaniv Shaky Cohen’s Nexus Building Development Group.

The plan will be reviewed by Community Board 3’s Landmarks Committee next Monday. (A paper meeting notice was taped to the fence surrounding the property on Monday, according to EV Grieve). Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the renderings depict a single 21-apartment, six-story, grey brick luxury building to encompass both lots, with a detailed cornice and ground floor retail.

119-121 2nd Avenue, rendering

The building’s size and appearance are far more limited than most new development by its location within the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District and requirement of approval by the Landmarks Committee.

119-121 2nd Avenue, rendering

The developer bought the properties for $9.15 million in June of last year. The fate of the third plot – the first to be purchased, by Ezra Wibowo for $6 million in 2016 – remains to be determined.

The gas main explosion that destroyed the corner’s former buildings also killed Moises Lucon, 26, and Nicholas Figueroa, 24 and injured over 12 others. The properties were sold to their new developers by owner Maria Hrynenko who, alongside her now deceased son, were among those accused of illegally siphoning gas and causing the explosion and resultant deaths by tapping an adjacent property’s gas line.

[Via EV Grieve]


Renderings via Morris Adjmi Architects

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