JDS Development to Brief the Community on its Bonkers 1,000-foot Lower East Side Tower this Month

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The developers of a controversial 1,000-foot tower on Lower East Side waterfront will discuss the project with the community later this month. JDS Development Group – whose plans for the latest coastal blight are hurtling toward city approval sans public review process – scheduled an info session with Community Board 3 later this month. And they’ll certainly get an earful, as in the past.

As previously reported, JDS and SHoP Architects are vying for 500,000 square-feet of air rights from local nonprofits Settlement Housing Fund and the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council for $51 million. The proposal is to demolish the small community center flanking 247 Cherry and construct this 1,000-foot spire-on-stilts atop the existing senior housing building. It’ll be composed of 600 rentals, approximately 150 of which earmarked as “permanently affordable” (25% of the total). JDS also committed to creating a 4,600 square-foot community facility within 247 Cherry.

It’s basically an as-of-right tower, meaning there is no requirement for input from the local community via public review process (“ULURP”). City Planning already denied the desperate request for said procedure, while simultaneously agreeing to review the application in spite of ongoing legal proceedings brought by Gary Spindler and Roy Schoenberg. (They accuse the nonprofits of reneging on an agreement for 235 Cherry that includes air rights JDS needs for its construction.)

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The last meeting on the books was with residents of 82 Rutgers, and it wasn’t pretty. There is pretty much no trust between TBNC and their tenants. Until a several months ago, there hadn’t been a tenant meeting in years. And when it finally happened, the leadership was bashed into submission. Two Bridges President Victor Papa was, and still is, singled out as being crooked, and lining his own pockets. Then as now, many tenants simply can’t understand how this monstrosity could benefit the overall community, as its mere presence is a destructive force.

The meeting is September 26 at 6:30pm, 82 Rutgers Slip.

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