City Council Approves Food Market-Heavy Pier 17 Redevelopment Plan

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The developer's plans will move forward. Photo: Courtesy Howard Hughes Corporation

The City Council yesterday approved rezoning plans for the South Street Seaport area, paving the way for Howard Hughes Corporation to demolish and rebuild the mall at Pier 17, Crain's reports, with stipulations: The mall's current tenants will get one more season to sell their wares before construction begins, and Speaker Quinn has required the developer to set aside space for two, permanent, year-round public food markets on site, one of which would occupy 10,000 square feet in the old "Tin" Building, once part of Fulton Fish Market. Where does that leave New Amsterdam Market, the organization vying for a permanent home in the old market buildings? "We want at least 50,000 square feet of space," founder Robert LaValva said, "so the 10,000 square feet is not the same visionary thing we had been working on. It's no longer a scenario we are pursuing." [Crain's, Earlier, Related]