While a lot of the changes planned for the South Street Seaport are still far from reality, a new part of the Howard Hughes controlled-waterfront is coming to life. Today, the Department of Buildings approved permits for the new SHoP-designed Pier 17 complex, which will rise where the old Pier 17 used to stand. Plans for the new four-story retail development were approved by City Planning in early 2013 and a ridiculous "groundbreaking" for the new pier was held that fall, but demolition of the old building didn't happen until early 2014. By last July, the structure was totally gone, and Howard Hughes was annoying the neighbors with pile driving for the new pier. At that time, the developer said that the new building would be ready to open in 2016, but they also said that construction would start last fall, so it looks like things are taking longer than expected.
· All Pier 17 coverage [Curbed]
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