Environmental Review for Largest Underdeveloped New York City Site Downtown

Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project


Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project


New York, NY


New York City Economic Development Corporation

AKRF led the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project, now known as Essex Crossing, and prepared the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for the various street mapping actions.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, in coordination with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation & Development, are sponsoring an approximately 1.7 million gross-square-foot mixed-use development project on 9 sites located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which form the largest underdeveloped City-owned site south of 96th Street. Half of the 1,000 residential units will be permanently affordable for low, moderate, and middle-income households and senior citizens.

AKRF provided strategic guidance in the development of a reasonable worst-case development scenario (RWCDS) that served as the framework for the environmental analysis yet provided programmatic flexibility.

The New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)/ULURP process was done on an expedited timeline requiring quick mobilization by AKRF technical staff meeting numerous concurrent review schedules.

The project was approved in the Fall of 2012, and a development team was selected in September 2013.

Environmental Impact Assessment Overview