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EDC approves Howard Hughes’ Pier 17 overhaul

August 23, 2012 12:30PM

Howard Hughes Corp. announced today that it has reached an agreement with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to overhaul Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan, Crain’s reported. Construction is projected to begin next year, and be completed by 2015.

The plans include a “complete transformation” of the pier. There will be a glass-enclosed retail center, new architecture and a rooftop area to be used as an entertainment venue. As previously reported, renderings for the project were released in March of this year. Previous reports indicated the pier structure would have an open-air ground floor with shops.

Howard Hughes said the plan has also gotten the thumbs up from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as support from Manhattan Community Board 1.

“As Lower Manhattan continues to grow and thrive,” said EDC President Seth Pinsky in a statement, “the reimagined Pier 17, along with the new Pier 15 and East River Waterfront Esplanade, will present New Yorkers with an even better reason to Explore And Visit The South Street Seaport.” [Crain’s] — Zachary Kussin