Soil Sampling Begins for Controversial 1,000-Foot JDS Tower on Cherry Street

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 am by

With the environmental review process of the Lower East Side waterfront still ongoing, the sight of this familiar construction vehicle outside 80 Rutgers Slip is not reassuring. After all, these Davey Drills are oftentimes the first outwardly visible indication that new development is moving forward.

As previously reported, this is the site (247 Cherry) where a new thousand-foot tower will trounce everything in the vicinity. Including One Manhattan Square next door and the senior center over which it will cantilever. 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 controversial proposal (i.e. this is at the expense of the community) 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 up to 660 rentals (in addition to 10 relocated from the senior building), approximately 165 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.

Photo: JDS Development

The Davey Drill arrived Friday, just days before the next EIS Scoping Hearing, which had been delayed an extra month to allow for more community input, outreach, and to provide proper translated documents for non-English speaking residents.

The meeting will be held on Thursday (May 25) at the Manhattan Municipal Building, Mezzanine level, 1 Centre Street.

The new Lower East Side waterfront

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