Multiple sources tell us that the building on the Southwest corner of 81st street and Broadway that housed the variety store Essentials could be torn down to make way for a new building.
An employee at the dry cleaner in the building told a reader that they were looking for a new location because they want to “tear down the building and go higher.”
Finance Department documents show that the owner has entered into a lease agreement with a company owned by a developer named Alchemy Properties, but the developer did not respond to a request for comment. No one answered the phone at the listed number for the owner. No building or demolition permits have been issued for the site, so this is still speculative.
Photo by Sophie Schnell.