Though bought in 2007 for $7 million, scaffolding was only put in place on July 5 this year, some nine years after. Work on 103 Orchard Street currently concerns the building's facade, with particular attention being payed to the roof. Here work is being done on the parapets and cornice. Pace said this was slated to run through until fall and that "phase two" of the construction will start with the interior with the elevator being extended to the fifth floor. "Whether it was Asian immigrants, Irish or German émigrés, or recently arrived European Sephardic Jews, the [Lower East Side's] tenements housed generation after generation of new arrivals to our city," Rep. Velazquez (D-NY) said in a press release in 2014. "The museum tells their story and by allowing it to grow, we can ensure visitors continue enjoying this local historic gem." Pace meanwhile said that further details of the exhibits are set to be released in the next few weeks.
"Our new facilities will help us tell some of America's best untold stories," said Tenement Museum President Morris Vogel. "We have aspirations to show how and why New York, and the U.S., became what it is today." Vogel added: “Now more than ever, the Tenement Museum's mission and work is deeply relevant. The story of our nation’s immigrants is America’s defining narrative, and the joys and challenges of establishing new lives and new communities continue for present-day immigrants around the world. We’re proud and excited that we’ll soon be able to explore a wider range of these stories for a larger audience.”