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Landmarks Commission Just Not That Into Seaport Plan

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Folks, take one more glance at SHoP Architects' vision for a new South Street Seaport, because it's probably the last time you'll see it in this form (and while you're at it, enjoy an encore look at the model, too). Yesterday, in what was a busy one for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the protectors of NYC's architectural history slapped the proposal around like an abusive drunk stepfather. The massing, scale and height of the new buildings (especially that 42-story condo/hotel on the waterfront) were deemed inappropriate for the Seaport Historic District, and the LPC was also against moving the century-old Tin Building to the end of Pier 17. There was no vote, so the application is still active and Seaport leaseholder/developer General Growth Properties (whose stock has plummeted 99% over the past year) issued a statement that said in part: "We remain committed to our plan to revitalize the seaport district, add necessary amenities and open space, and respect the unique historical character of this cherished neighborhood." As for now, the mall lives!
· South Street Seaport renovation plans criticized [Crain's]
· Plan to Redevelop Seaport Is Spurned for Mass, Scale and Height of Buildings [NYT]
· South Street Seaport coverage [Curbed]