Extell pitches latest Riverside plans to community

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A model for the Riverside Center, a 2,500-apartment mixed-use development designed by Extell Development for the Upper West Side, was revealed to the public this week, according to the Westside Independent. The complex, which would stretch between 59th and 61st streets and between West End Avenue and the West Side Highway, would include five residential towers, 210,000 square feet of retail space, a movie theater, a 250-room hotel, and a school for grades K through eight, if Extell’s proposal goes through. This unveiling came on the heels of massive community input on the project, but City Council member Gale Brewer said that Extell’s latest plans didn’t adequately address the residents’ concerns. “It’s an improvement, but it’s not a big improvement,” Brewer said. “The environmental issues have not really been answered.”