LOWER EAST SIDE — The developer of the sprawling Essex Crossing development is looking for an artist to bring some color to the premiere site.
Delancey Street Associates this week put out a call for artists interested in painting a massive mural showcasing neighborhood character on the facade of Essex Crossing's Site 5 at 145 Clinton St.
Artists have until Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. to submit their proposed designs, according to the Request for Proposals (RFP) document.
The mural could take up the whole facade, which is 220 feet long and up to 75 feet high, or just a portion of the wall — but it can be no smaller than 75 by 35 feet, according to the RFP.
The work cannot be an advertisement and must be acceptable for all ages, the RFP states, and should "reflect the character of the Lower East Side."
The work is just the first of several artworks expected to color the development — Delancey Street Associates says it is working with local street artists to bring installations to the project's underground market and beer hall, the Market Line, as well as other exterior locations throughout the project.
Site 5 is expected to be the first of the developments nine sites to open for residence, with construction completion slated for this fall. It holds 107 market-rate apartments and 104 below-market-rate units, which drew more than 93,000 applicants through the city's affordable housing lottery.
The entire Essex Crossing project, on Delancey Street between Essex and Attorney streets, will bring a total of 1,078 new residential units to the neighborhood, over half of which will be below market rate, as well as entertainment and shopping destinations and an outpatient surgery center.