After an internet petition campaign voicing strong opposition to the razing of Lower Manhattan’s old Fulton Fish Market building to make way for a 50-story tower, it seems like the market may be safe, if only temporarily. The Tribeca Trib reports that an agreement was reached this week to put a temporary hold on plans for the SHoP-designed high-rise, which would require the demolition of the historic South Street Seaport structure.

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The decision came as a reaction just a week after Community Board 1 hosted a town hall for neighbors to voice their opinions about the redevelopment plans. Meanwhile on the internet, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva, along with other neighborhood activists, launched a web campaign called Just Press Pause calling for the city to take a step back and rethink what would really be best for area residents.

Many locals see the decision as a huge victory, but it will obviously be a setback for Howard Hughes as no representatives from the developer were at the meeting last night. Going forward, local officials, neighborhood groups and the developer will form a South Street Seaport Task Force to determine the future of the site but the main goal of the community will be to continue to obtain landmark protection status for the New Market Building.

The 50-story tower in question would call for tearing down the historic Fulton Fish Market, which was first established in 1822. The structure serves as a historic site, but local residents also want to preserve the building as a new market place and to save the open view of the waterfront. While the latest decision might protect the old fish market for now, Howard Hughes will still move forward with the redevelopment of Pier 17, which includes a new glassy SHoP-designed retail and entertainment complex. Plans for the rest of the site, however, remain unknown.

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