For once, a condo building will not be rising along a New York City waterfront. The Howard Hughes Corporation has called off plans to construct a 494-foot residential-hotel tower along Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport neighborhood after vehement opposition from local residents and elected officials, DNAinfo reports.
Designs for this particular residential project had already undergone several changes after residents complained that it blocked views of the Brooklyn Bridge and was not in character with the low-rise buildings in the neighborhoods.
When first proposed back in 2013, the SHoP-designed tower had a height of 600-feet. The 50-story tower was reduced to 42-stories, but was still met with disapproval and ultimately stalled.
Now Howard Hughes has pulled the plug on the tower that would have replaced the New Market Building, but work continues on its other major development - replacing the site of the Tin Building with a 40,000 square-foot food hall led by mega-chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, which recently received the go ahead from the Landmarks Commission.
UPDATE: A spokesperson from HHC has provided the following statement to Curbed:
"We continue to work on a revised mixed-use development plan taking into account feedback from the community and elected officials which requests the omission of a residential tower. We are steadfast in our commitment to the revitalization of the storied Seaport District, making it once again one of New York's premier destinations and a much needed anchor for the people of Lower Manhattan." · Controversial Plan for Condo Tower at Seaport Is Nixed, Developer Says [DNAinfo]
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· Canopy-Free Pier 17 Moves Forward With Landmarks Approval [Curbed]
· Pier 17 Archives [Curbed]