Too late is the message Ascend Group and Optimum Asset Management has for residents of Seward Park Co-op.
The developers of a former nursing home site in the Lower East Side had wanted to buy the air rights from the four-building co-op for $54 million but, after the residents’ June vote failed to generate enough turnout to be binding, the developers moved on with a new plan to build a 26-story tower, according to The Lowdown.
Months later, the co-op residents have come back to the developers saying they were able to drum up enough signatures to hold a second referendum, but the development team rebuffed them saying they’re moving forward without any more delays.
The co-op board informed the residents of the response in a memo saying that “the developers… are not interested in revisiting the air rights proposal and are instead planning to proceed with as-of-right development.”
Seward Park Co-op has a $12 million maintenance bill coming up and now that the air rights sale is a no-go, the co-op board says it has plans to close a $60 million loan “soon.”