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Neighbors Do Not Like Chelsea Church-Topping Tower At All

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Thanks to a tipster, we have a glimpse at what Einhorn Development Group wants to do with the air rights it purchased from the French Evangelical Church on West 16th Street. You guessed it: build something taller than the neighbors want. The Einhorns met with area residents in a meeting Thursday evening at the McBurney YMCA, showing the rendering above of a gray, blocky structure that cantilevers over the adjacent red-brick church. A former asylum, 124 West 16th would now be home to 14 condos over 11 stories.

The tipster called it "horrifying." A Facebook group called Save 16th Street, whose members are against the development, noted that 50 people attended Thursday's meeting, labeled the design "atrocious," and is organizing neighbors to seek legal help, meet with church trustees, and reach out to elected officials. According to the page, based on the meeting, the "developer seems willing to work with us regarding construction plans and timing, but has no intention of changing the size or look of the building," and the "group promised to picket and march against the construction once it starts." The chair of Thursday's meeting circulated a flyer with the rendering above that called it a "mega tower... that will hideously engulf a historic church and damage the quality of life of so many long-term residents."
· Save 16th Street [Facebook]
· All 124 West 16th Street coverage [Curbed]