As part of its effort to oppose the plan to redevelop South Street Seaport, the Municipal Art Society put up a slideshow yesterday on its Web site intended to illustrate how a residential tower at the site would overwhelm the historic district.
The society has come out strongly against the development, planned by General Growth Properties, which is currently being reviewed by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
From MAS President Kent Barwick, in a statement:
“General Growth has certainly put forward an ambitious plan together with skilled architects. But we are concerned that the proposed tower overwhelms the historic buildings of the district, further severs the Seaport from its history and disrupts the views from and of the Brooklyn Bridge. … In the end, this proposal will provide little additional vitality and we will have failed in our effort to put the ‘SEA back in the Seaport.’”