Chelsea residents slam Chelsea Market expansion

May 03, 2012 02:00PM

Chelsea residents voiced their strong opposition to the Chelsea Market expansion during the public hearing portion of a Manhattan Community Board 4 meeting last night, Curbed reported. Their argument against Jamestown Properties’ development primarily centered on CB4 not altering the existing zoning of the neighborhood to gain concessions from the new market. Other problems, the residents said, include the expansion’s potential to displace residents and limit the neighborhood’s socio-cultural diversity, though Curbed did not elaborate about the complaints.

Jamestown hopes to make a few more changes to the development plans, Curbed wrote, before CB4 is scheduled to make its recommendation vote at the end of this month.

An attorney for Jamestown previously told CB4 that the company is willing to scrap its plans for the construction of a nine-story hotel if the board asked for it. There’s an alternative plan to bring a seven-story, 70,000-square-foot office building to the Ninth Avenue side of the market. [Curbed]