JDS Development’s Supertall 247 Cherry Street Gets Green Light After City Planning Approval On The Lower East Side

247 Cherry Street and 252 South Street, image from JDS

Earlier this month, the City Planning Commission approved proposals for four new skyscrapers coming to the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side. The tallest of the bunch will be 247 Cherry Street, adjacent to the site of Extell’s One Manhattan Square. The upcoming 1,008-foot-tall residential skyscraper will be designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, and is the 11th tallest tower underway in the Five Boroughs. This supertall is the only project on YIMBY’s end-of-year list where site work has not yet begun, although with City Planning approval now secured, that is hopefully a matter of imminency.

247 Cherry Street with One Manhattan Square to the south of the site, developed by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects

When complete, 247 Cherry Street will be the tallest building in the neighborhood. The facade is composed of a green-colored exterior, with a grid of glass panels rising from a cantilevered base over an existing low-rise building. The main entrance would be located on the western side of the site, along Cherry Street, through one of the structure’s two supporting legs.

The base of 247 Cherry street looking north. Rendering by SHoP Architects

The overall shape and massing of the building retains a rectangular floor plate with a chamfered edge on the eastern corner directly facing the East River and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There are two open sections about every third of the way up that house outdoor viewing spaces facing in all directions. The mechanical equipment on the roof sits atop the upper floors, with a minor setback.

The facade of 247 Cherry Street. Rendering by SHoP Architects

The other planned towers in the Two Bridges area include a pair of residential skyscrapers, 728 and 798 feet tall,  designed by Handel Architects and developed by L+M and CIM at 260 South Street. They will be next to 247 Cherry Street, to the north. Across from Pier 36 and the FDR will be another 724-foot-tall residential tower set to rise at 259 Clinton Street, designed by Perkins Eastman and developed by Starrett. In all, 3,000 new apartments are planned to be built, with 700 of them being affordable units, just under a quarter of the total percentage.

Rendering shows Two Bridges waterfront with several proposed large-scale buildings. Credit: SHoP Architects.

Along with the new construction, the developers are also planning to add improved and upgraded parks and playgrounds for families, plans for flood resilience measures against future storms, a $12.5 million dollar investment in a local NYCHA apartment complex, and a new subway entrance to the East Broadway station for better ADA accessibility.

A completion date for 247 Cherry Street has yet to be announced, but 2021-2022 are most likely at this point.

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5 Comments on "JDS Development’s Supertall 247 Cherry Street Gets Green Light After City Planning Approval On The Lower East Side"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Details said to me in response to the future project. Its design calling me looks at a high structure. (Thanks to Michael Young)

  2. Construction on this tower on indefinite hold, community board, Boro President is against it, very little chance that this will be built at all. Looming economic Recession is on the way too. No financing is secured yet, and people who lived around hate these trio of towers, incl this one. Remember UWS Bauhaus project, now reduced to just 295 feet, and still not yet built!!!

  3. Think about living in one of these and the potential dangers: stuck high up in a fire; perfect target for terrorists; perfect target if any wars break out; glass in the event of an earthquake; living on top of Manhattan bridge-all the toxic fumes and noise. Heat is not included, you pay extra by way of elevated electric bill. And these apartments are usually smaller than average and have no screens to stop mosquitos.

  4. care for some cheese with your whines? all of these have funding, are approved and are getting built. this one is by far the most interesting and best of the lot.

  5. I'm all for Change | January 10, 2019 at 11:32 am | Reply

    Why are people so against change? – Change is Good.

    The existing neighborhood is full of low class section 8 – Project hood rats. I would very much preferred to have rich people as neighbors over a bunch of low class uneducated clowns.

    FYI – I’m not rich or affluent.

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