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Fight Over 'Tower of Babel' Rages On

Chelsea residents turned out in force yesterday to protest the General Theological Seminary revised plans [master plan pictured above] to develop a 15 story condo building on its 21st Street Campus. The Seminary is trying to sell its available air rights to Brodsky Developers in order to raise enough capital to fund necessary repairs to their crumbling campus, but area residents aren't trying to hear it. Despite scaling the building back from its original 17 stories and shiny glass design, the community came to the hearing armed with stickers saying "75 Feet Is The Limit," a reference to the Chelsea Historic District's height restriction. Also on hand to reinforce the fight was Andrew Berman, who declared the proposal a "glass monstrosity." Despite the opposition, Seminary Finance Director Maureen Burnley says they will press onward, saying "If we cannot use our development rights, we cannot continue to survive in Chelsea."

· Episcopal Church Encounters Opposition to Apartment Plan in Chelsea [NY Sun]
· Preserving Chelsea Square [GTS]
· Chelsea Seminary Plan Update: 'Tower of Babel' [Curbed]