In the News: Major Seaport Development

••• “The Howard Hughes Corporation wants to erect a first-class hotel, market-rate residential apartments and additional retail space in the Seaport. There is no longer any doubt about their intentions. Nine days after the City Council approved a ULURP application from Howard Hughes for construction plans on Pier 17, and for rezoning the East River waterfront between Maiden Lane and the Brooklyn Bridge, new information has surfaced about what the Dallas-based developer and E.D.C. agreed to as the basis for a ‘mixed use project’ in the Seaport. A Letter of Intent between the parties dated Dec. 12, 2011 had previously been released, but portions of it relating to a ‘mixed use project’ were blacked out. Now, in an unredacted version, it becomes clear what Howard Hughes, and its subsidiary, South Street Seaport Limited Partnership, have in mind. Though the Letter of Intent does not stipulate exactly where these buildings would go, the amount of square footage mentioned suggests that to a large extent, they would have to be in the newly rezoned waterfront area.” —Downtown Express

••• “Some indeterminate time next week, the MTA will recommission an old station when the 1 train’s old South Ferry loop station reopens. With a new connection to the R train at Whitehall and some restored mosaic work, the reopened southern terminal will be just good enough, if far from perfect. Late yesterday, the agency posted a series of photos ahead of next week’s reopening.” —2nd Ave. Sagas (via Curbed)

••• Let’s hope this doesn’t come to Tribeca: The Department of Transportation is introducing some rather dreadful ersatz cobblestoning in Vinegar Hill. —New York Times

••• “Fed up with dogs allegedly using the manicured greenery as their toilet, locals want pooches completely banned from [DeLury Square Park] at Fulton and Gold streets.” “Residents” is DNAinfo-speak for Community Board 1. —DNAinfo


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