How Long Will It Take for Seaport Approvals?

Howard Hughes Corp.'s plan to revitalize the South Street Seaport got less than a warm embrace last night at a Community Board 1 meeting.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah more lies—put them in jail,” yelled a meeting attendee during the presentation, according to an account posted this morning on DNAInfo New York. The article reports the board rejected the plan.

As noted late yesterday, the developer faced the community--and an organized protest--just a day after its new plan emerged that would include a 50-story tower on the water. 

The report says that the strategy is exactly as it appeared:  the tower would pay for the renovations.  And, also as many residents feared, the New Market Building, which itself has been subject of various rehab efforts, would be demolished.  The city-landmarked Tin Building would survive, but would be moved to make room for the tower, the article reports.

The initial plans involve a lot of potential work, including tearing down the Link Building at the base of Pier 17, substantial pier foundation work, a new marina, and Beekman and Fulton Sts. "eastward about 100 feet, bringing cars under the FDR Drive and out onto the pier," DNAInfo New York reports.

Next step in the approvals process, the article says, is for Howard Hughes Corp. to present the plan to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in March, adding that, with city council approval also needed, the company expects that public review won't be done until 2015's first half.

You can read the article here.

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