Diller Island not dead yet: Groups fire off appeal and new permit application

A federal judge halted the project in March

TRD New York /
May.May 23, 2017 10:00 AM

Barry Diller and a rendering of Pier 55 (Credit: Pier 55 Inc via Curbed)

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Hudson River Park Trust have fired off an appeal to a decision that torpedoed the $200 million development planned for Pier 55.

In March, federal Judge Lorna Schofield ruled that the Corps of Engineers failed to consider the impact of the 2.4-acre pier on protected fish and wildlife. She ordered work to stop on the island project, which is being bankrolled by IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller.

In addition to the appeal, the Hudson River Park Trust also filed a revised permit application in April in hopes that it would remedy the judge’s objections, the New York Times reported.

The March decision was a major victory for the City Club of New York, a civic group that filed a series of lawsuits to halt the development. In an interview with the Villager last week, Douglas Durst admitted to secretly funding the lawsuit.

An attorney for the group called the appeal and new permit application “desperation measures on the part of the trust and Mr. Diller.”

Diller said the project is “completely in the public’s interest.” [NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel 

Related Articles


California passes landmark rent control law

The Watchtower building at 25 Columbia Heights, CIM Group’s Shaul Kuba (right) and LIVWRK’s Asher Abehsera (Credit: Wikipedia, CIM Group, and LinkedIn)

JPMorgan leads $335M refi for CIM and LIVWRK’s Watchtower renovation

The construction giants catching a Windy City windfall

David Marx of MDG Real Estate and the site at 71-05 Parsons Boulevard in Queens (Credit: Google Images and iStock)

Here’s a weird one: David Marx plans towers at Queens site he bought from his own company

Resi scorecard: Brooklyn and Queens condo inventory through June 2019

Mack-Cali sells Paramus office property, Murphy enacts land bank reforms & more North Jersey real estate news

Jeff Bezos and Amazon HQ in Silicon Valley (Credit: Getty Images)

Why Amazon HQ2 is already rattling the local housing market

Penny Bradley (Credit: Getty Images)

Upper East Side developer funded “lavish lifestyle” through mortgage fraud: Manhattan district attorney