Just two days ago, we reported that the old Fulton Fish Market was temporarily safe from being sacked but now it seems that all redevelopment plans are back on track. According to a new report by the Downtown Express, the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced that the Howard Hughes Corporation’s plans to erect a 50-story tower at South Street Seaport are still moving forward as scheduled. The article states that NYCEDC officials released a statement that reads, “in short, there is no new ‘halt’ or agreement to halt.”

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The new proclamation directly contradicts the fish market victory the local community board claimed just days ago. According to the Downtown Express, NYCEDC spokesperson Kate Blumm prepared the following statement.

“This proposal is at the very beginning of what will ultimately be an extensive public review process, and we have strongly encouraged Howard Hughes Corporation to work with local stakeholders to solicit their input and understand their concerns. We’re encouraged by the steps the developer is taking in concert with elected officials to more formally structure community involvement, and we look forward to seeing the dialogue evolve. To date, the process is moving as anticipated along the timeline previously agreed upon.”

Earlier, Community Board 1 members claimed the tower was put on a temporary hold while a South Street Seaport Task Force determined the future of the site. From the information available, it seems that while a task force will still play a role in future decisions, the proposal will still move ahead according to its original milestones.


via Downtown Express

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