World-Wide Group has grand plans for 250 East 57th Street, the site of a former school building where the developer now wants to put a different school building, a Whole Foods, retail, and a diamond-shaped, SOM-designed residential tower. But before the big buildings, a big mess! Or so local residents are arguing. World-Wide group began marketing bonds today to finance Phase 1 of the project?the school and retail, with the tower on hold for now?the Post reports. But the Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it might want to build a secondary water main under East 56th Street, running from Sutton Place to Third Avenue, through the planned home of World-Wide's Whole Foods. The co-op board at nearby 209 East 56th Street has already penned a letter warning the water main work would be dangerous to pedestrians and make the area "like a war zone." But will it hinder Whole Foods?! World-Wide had no comment. We're still kinda into those renderings, so let's hope the whole thing doesn't become a total washout.
· World Wide project facing potential water-main backlash [NYP]
· 250 East 57th Street coverage [Curbed]