Up until now we’ve seen lots of news about the redevelopment of South Street Seaport – but most of them have focused on the redesign of Pier 17 into a new green-roofed building. Now, The New York Times has highlighted another piece of the shoreline puzzle that reveals plans for a 50-story hotel and condo tower as well as a new boat marina. The new additions were recently unveiled by SHoP Architects, and renderings show that they will sit right next to the other new Pier 17 buildings when complete.
SHoP Architects revealed the first renderings of the building, which show it will be a 95,000-square-foot hotel with 280,000 square feet for residential apartments. From the drawings, the building looks a bit like a Jenga tower made of alternating striated levels of glass and opaque building walls. The biggest problem with the project is that it calls for tearing down the historic New Market Building. Robert LaValva, the founder of the New Amsterdam Market, told The New York Times in an interview that the modern building could ruin “the coherence and integrity of the historic district.”
Meanwhile, the Howard Hughes Corporation defends the tower project as an economic engine that will help revitalize the area citing the included $125 million proposal to rehabilitate the decrepit piers in the South Street Seaport area and to build a new East River Esplanade. What’s more, the building developer plans to dismantle and relocate the neighborhood’s historic Tin Building 30 feet to the east where it will be raised to meet the new waterfront standards.
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