Extell’s 80-Story Tower ‘One Manhattan Square’ is Still Causing Cherry Street to Sink

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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It’s common knowledge that the Extell Development Company will forever taint the Lower East Side skyline, and further gentrify the predominantly low-income waterfront. As previously reported, the so-called “One Manhattan Square” planned for 250 South Street is presumed to rise some eighty stories – according to public zoning records – nearly three times the height of the Manhattan Bridge. That’s a lot of shadows.

Notwithstanding the ego-stroking of bossman Gary Barnett, there are still real problems with the land on which this development is rooted. Particularly, the ever-sinking roadway of Cherry Street on the northern perimeter of the project site. It’s sagging two to three inches by some estimates, due to the constant pump-out of ground water.

We first exposed the problem last month, prompting lightning response to patch the gaps and install shoring braces to keep the street from falling into the ditch. The Department of Buildings also issued a stop-work order that was quickly rescinded.

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Neighbors remain worried, as you can imagine. Just check out the asphalt. There are several more cracks in the road bed, especially the previously repaired spots.

And this parcel is supposed to withstand a glass dildo of some 800 feet. Not to mention the neighboring “poor door” affordable tower which will rise 15 stories, but has yet to break ground.

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