Urban Land Institute recognizes Essex Crossing as top urban design project in the Americas

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The $2 billion Essex Crossing project in New York City has been selected as one of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Americas Awards of Excellence winners.

Called “one of New York’s most promising mixed-use developments” by The New York Times, Essex Crossing comprises 1.9 million sq. ft. of residential, commercial, and community space in the heart of the Lower East Side, the ULI says in its citation. The $2 billion project, which is over 90 percent complete, includes 1,079 units of housing, 350,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, 100,000 sq. ft. of community facility space, and 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space, including The Market Line, which will be the City’s largest marketplace upon completion.”

ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 to recognize superior development efforts in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Winning projects represent the highest standards of achievement in the land use profession. The winners of the ULI Americas Awards for Excellence become finalists for the 2022 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, competing against projects from Europe and Asia. ULI will announce the winners of the Global Awards ahead of the organization’s Fall Meeting in October.

This year, 68 projects and programs from across the Americas region were submitted for the competition. The 11-member jury composed of development, finance, planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture experts selected 21 finalists.

The 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence winners are:

The awards are open to projects and programs in the ULI Americas region that are substantially complete, financially viable, and in stable operation. The program evaluates submissions on overall excellence, including achievements in marketplace acceptance, design, planning, technology, amenities, economic impact, management, community engagement, innovation, and sustainability, among others.


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