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SOUTH STREET SEAPORT // MARINA - VIEW FROM NORTH PORCH VOluMe 26, NuMber 16 JANuArY 16-JANuArY 29 2014 MONK iN MOtiON P. 19 Rendering courtesy of Howard Hughes Corp./Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers Rendering of the proposed marina at the South Street Seaport, which Howard Hughes Corp. considers a community amenity as part of its tower and redevelopment plan. Inset: Protest sign from the latest effort to stop Hughes. The Seaport Fight to Come Tower, de Blasio & affordable housing in the mix BY JOSH rOGerS efore the de Blasio administration begins to consider a proposal to build a 600-foot tower at the South Street Seaport, officials want to see affordable housing added to the plan, according to the project’s developer. Chris Curry, senior executive vice b president of development of the Howard Hughes Corp., the Seaport’s developer revealed last week that the firm reached out to Bill de Blasio during his mayoral transition, and a few advisers told Curry in December that the best way to make the plan more appealing would be to add some type of subsidized housing. “I know the administration has already mentioned to us… affordable housing,” Curry said during a presentation of the project to Downtown Express Jan. 7. “[It’s] very important to the mayor.” He said it was not clear if the affordable housing needed to be included in the tower, which is strongly opposed in the community, or if it could be built somewhere off the site in order to curry favor with the mayor. Curry did not reveal the meeting’s attendees and a de Blasio spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. De A smile says a thousand words! Opening January 15 at 78 Laight Street | 212.966.6680 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC Continued on page 12


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