August 30, 2021
Marisa Lago, Chair
NY City Planning Commission
Calendar Information Office
120 Broadway – 31st Floor
New York, NY 10271
Re: 250 Water Street ULURP Application
South Street Seaport Historic District
Dear Chair Lago:
The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative – LESPI – is writing to strongly oppose the Howard Hughes Corporation’s application for a special permit for a new 25 story mixed use tower at 250 Water Street, within the South Street Seaport Historic District.
Permitting the construction of a grossly out-of-scale building within one of Manhattan’s most important and popular historic districts is highly detrimental to the district’s collection of unique and irreplaceable four and five story early- to mid-19th century historic commercial structures. In no way can this proposal be determined to be in conformance with the district’s physical fabric and special sense of place.
Additionally, this use/abuse of the ULURP process – in effect a “gerrymandering” of the zoning map – to allow for an otherwise impermissible transfer of development rights sets a terrible precedent for historic districts as well as other neighborhoods throughout the city.
We respectfully ask the City Planning Commission to reject this application in its entirety.
Richard D. Moses