The New York Appellate Court ruled in favor of a group of developers, including JDS Development Group, CIM Group, L+M Development Partners, and Starrett Corporation, to build four more towers along the Two Bridges waterfront on the Lower East Side. One Manhattan Square, a similarly-scoped neighbor, was completed in early 2019, and stands alone as the rest of development came to a halt despite approvals from the City Planning Commission in 2016. Yesterday, the ruling found the buildings described in the applications did not conflict with applicable zoning requirements, with all four Judges siding against Manhattan Borough president Gale A. Brewer and the New York City Council, which challenged the approval in 2018, arguing that the new construction required special permits and had to go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process.
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As Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives to create affordable housing continue to fail, bright spots for advocates of a better and more inclusive New York City are few and far between. In the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, JDS, Extell, CIM, L+M, and the Starrett Group are planning five new towers with 700 affordable units. NIMBYs don’t care. Despite all that affordable housing, red herrings went flying at a community meeting last night, and the echo chamber of outrage reverberated all the way onto the internet.
It looks like another supertall will rise in Lower Manhattan. Plans for a 77-story, 600-unit mixed-use tower at 235-247 Cherry Street, on the southern end of the Lower East Side, have surfaced in City Planning documents obtained by Bowery Boogie. The schematic diagram indicates the tower’s roof level will clock in at 983 feet and 8 inches, which would be categorized as a supertall by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). A parapet enclosing the building’s bulkhead and mechanical equipment would boost the final height even further, possibly past the 1,000-foot mark. JDS Development Group is seeking minor zoning changes to build the tower. Details and renderings of the cantilevering project were first revealed in the spring. At the time, it was learned that the tower would include 150 affordable units, 10,000 square feet of retail, and a 4,600-square-foot senior center. The adjacent 10-story Two Bridges Senior Apartments would also see a renovation. SHoP Architects is behind the design, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and Settlement Housing Fund are the property owners. A single-story commercial building will have to be demolished. Construction is not expected to begin until at least 2018.