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Survey reveals some support for Seaport tower

26 percent of comments oppose an alternative to Howard Hughes development

July 18, 2014 08:00AM

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Howard Hughes Corporation’s proposed South Street Seaport tower

UPDATED, 12:31 p.m., July 18It would appear that the Howard Hughes Corporation’s proposed 600-foot tower at the South Street Seaport is not as unpopular as vocal criticism has suggested.

To be sure, a survey released by the Seaport Working Group revealed that 71 percent of comments submitted to the committee support a guideline that calls for an alternative to the 50-story tower, Downtown Express reported. However, 26 percent of comments oppose that guideline, while three percent of comments were neutral, according to the news site.

The 71 percent support for that guideline is far below the support of at least 95 percent that other aspects of the development received, according to the paper. John Fratta, chairperson of Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee said the 26 percent figure bothered him because it seemed too high, the paper reported.

The working group, which was largely formed to address community opposition to the tower, has suggested a shorter building on the site of the old Fulton Fish Market. Howard Hughes Corp. will likely submit a new proposal for the mixed-use tower in the fall, Chris Curry, senior executive president of development for the company told Downtown Express. [Downtown Express]Tom DiChristopher

  • truthordare

    Clearly there is a large support group. Its just that the voices of some trump others. Same as unions. The supporters are hired help to chant alongside, whereas the non supporters actually have jobs to do.

  • DTNYC

    This is the silent majority speaking! Most of the people I know understand that someone HAS to pay for the $100MM+ cost of repairing the pier and recreating the Tin Building. We don’t want to the city to pay for it when there are such urgent school needs that the city needs to be addressing in our growing community. Clearly, HHC needs to be given a reason to invest the money necessary to rebuild the pier and the Tin Building. Most people clearly understand that. The question is how big is the building will be allowed. The reality is that the site is NOT in the historic district and downtown is full of skyscrapers and I’d prefer a tall slender building to a short fat one which HHC may have the right to build as of right. We need to get as many concessions as possible from HHC, but we understand that they must get something in return. It just makes sense. The city IS NOT covering the $100MM+ expense. If not HHC, then who???????

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