Extell Begins Pouring Foundation at 250 South Street Site; West 8 Rumored Involvement

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 at 9:21 am by
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For months, Extell Development Corp. has been pounding pylons for the new two-tower project at 250 South Street. A patchwork of iron beams dots the site; the beginning of the end. And now comes the first concrete of the project thus far. The foundation pouring began yesterday.

Meanwhile, the rhythmic staccatto of hammering is impossible to escape along the waterfront, and can easily be heard more than five blocks away. We are told that residents in the Seward Park environs are definitely within earshot. So that gives you an idea of the conditions that will continue here for four to six months (at least).

As previously reported, the market-rate monolith was reduced in height from 71 stories to 56. Its sidecar “poor door” building for affordable tenants remains at 13 stories.

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Extell begins pouring the foundation

In related news, we hear that Extell is also borrowing services from the nearby Essex Crossing to beautify its own beast of a development on the East River waterfront. Looks like landscape architectural firm West 8 has been tapped for 250 South Street.

West 8 is currently designing the incoming park space at Essex Crossing Site 5 (Broome between Clinton and Suffolk).

This latest news arrives a few weeks after local activists lambasted Extell (and chief Gary Barnett) for accelerating the pace of gentrification in the area. The 56-story tower and its more affordable “poor door” sibling caused many to dub the entire project “racist.”

And, in case you needed a reminder of what to expect here

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Entrance to Extell’s 250 South St.

[h/t Two Bridges Tower]

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