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Here's The Luxury Condo Planned For The Second Avenue Gas Explosion Site

Dashed Arrow Morris Adjmi Architects

Renderings have been revealed for a new condo building planned for the site of the catastrophic East Village gas explosion that killed two people in March of 2015.

The six-story luxury building, designed Morris Adjmi Architects, will have a total of 21 apartments and include a ground floor retail space. The Nexus Building Development Group purchased the sites at 119-121 Second Avenue (between East 7th and St Marks Place) back in February for $9.5 million, while the third plot destroyed by the explosion still awaits its fate after being purchased for $6 million in 2016.

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(Morris Adjmi Architects)

Five people, including the owner of 119-121 Second Avenue, were charged in connection with the explosion, which killed a 27-year-old busboy in a sushi restaurant named Moises Ismael Locon Yac, and 23-year-old diner Nicholas Figueroa. 13 others were injured.

Prosecutors say the explosion was caused by owner Maria Hrynenko, her building manager son, and others illegally tapping into a gas line from a neighboring building. All pleaded not guilty, with the trial expected to begin this September. (Hrynenko's son died last year at age 31.)

The lots are located within the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, and plans for the new condo will require approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. First, Community Board 3's Landmarks Committee will review an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, in a meeting Monday night, EV Grieve reports.

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