One Manhattan Square, the new residential skyscraper at the foot of the #ManhattanBridge may be getting four new #supertall neighbors! The first, designed by @SHoParchitects and developed by @JDSdevelopmentgroup at 247 Cherry Street will be over a thousand feet tall, over 150-feet taller than @OneManhattanSquare! The three other #skyscrapers, two at 260 South Street and one at 259 Clinton Street will be 798, 728, and 724 feet tall.
Residents have expressed concerns over the height and scale of the buildings, which will not seek upzoning via the #ULURP process. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (@galeabrewer) and Councilperson Margaret Chin (@teammargaretchin) are urging the #DepartmentofCityPlanning to conduct additional reviews the towers and are threatening to pursue legal action if the city does not stop the developments.
Architects Newspaper @archpaper aptly describes the political and social issues surrounding the development: "Though there are many neighborhood groups across the city saying “no” to tall buildings, the political geography of downtown #Manhattan lends the #TwoBridges controversy a special edge. Restrictive zoning and landmarking shields wealthier and whiter neighborhoods downtown from skyscrapers, but those protections are missing in the #LowerEastSide or Chinatown, a condition that jeopardizes affordability and encourages what some see as out-of-scale development. Though activists are working to mitigate displacement, since 2002, #Chinatown has lost more than 25 percent of its rent-regulated apartments. Now, neighbors are worried the developments will stress already over-burdened infrastructure, block natural light, and engender displacement in the low-income neighborhood by causing property values to spike. #At OneManhattanSquare, for example, prices for two-bedrooms start at almost $2.1 million."