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Check Out Details of the Seaport Redevelopment Plan Online

By Irene Plagianos | December 15, 2014 11:52am
 Howard Hughes detailed changes to the Seaport they hope to make.
South Street Seaport Redevelopment
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LOWER MANHATTAN — You can now get a detailed look at Howard Hughes Corporation's controversial plans to redevelop the South Street Seaport.

A 203-slide proposal — which shows the sweeping changes to the area that are set to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission for approval — is now available on the Community Board 1 website.

The plan includes moving and reconstructing the historic Tin Building, erecting a five-story building on John Street, adding lights underneath the FDR, and building a metal canopy over Pier 17.

The most debated piece of the redevelopment proposal — a 494-foot luxury residential tower — is not part of the slide presentation because it sits outside of the Seaport's historic district and does not need LPC approval.

Anyone interested in offering their opinion about the plan can email CB1 at dswitaj@cb.nyc.gov with the subject line “Seaport Landmarks Testimony" through 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The community board will consider all opinions before voting on the plans Jan. 5. The plan will then go to the LPC, followed by an extensive public land use review process.

Last week, hundreds of people packed into St. Paul’s Chapel to hear the new details and weigh in on the plan.

The overhaul got a mixed reaction at the meeting, with some bashing the design and calling it out of step with the historic neighborhood, while others supported the developer's plan to revitalize the Seaport.

Howard Hughes has said the tower is a necessary piece to make the plan financially viable. The development would include a middle school, retail and 150 condo units in the tower, along with 70 units of affordable housing in historic buildings nearby on Schermerhorn Row.

Howard Hughes also wants to build a new marina north of Pier 17 and revive the struggling South Street Seaport Museum.