East Harlem residents are not going to let three residential towers rise on top of East River Plaza without a fight. Since the plans were revealed this summer, there has been growing opposition among the community. Blumenfeld Development Group and Forest City Ratner want to build three towers, with the tallest rising 47 stories and 575 feet, making it the tallest building in the neighborhood. The other two would rise 32 and 41 stories, and there would be 1,100 apartments total, 25 percent of which would be affordable. But the opposition isn't swayed by affordable housing. The Daily News reports that El Barrio Unite, a community group, circulated a petition that calls the development "offensive and out of scale, requiring numerous variances that will truly make this an out-of-context project." They'll have a chance to voice their opinions at a public meeting on Dec. 16.
· Opposition mounts uptown against trio of skyscraping towers atop East River Plaza mall [NYDN]
· East River Plaza coverage [Curbed]