Extell’s South Street Foundation Progress from Above

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 at 5:18 am by
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Here’s looking down at you, Extell…

With confusion (and misinformation) regarding overall building height still at play – probably between 72 and 80 stories – Extell’s unwanted market-rate tower on South Street (aka One Manhattan Square) is beginning to take shape. Aerial views of the project site show the first substantial evidence of foundation and support pylons for the game-changing waterfront development. It’s easier to envision, now, where these side-by-side siblings will sit.

The enormous tower of Sauron – nearly three times the height of the Manhattan Bridge – will carry 1.1 million square-foot with 815 units and various over-the-top amenities. Its “affordable” neighbor will rise some fourteen stories.

Also clear is the extent of the pylon placement bracing Cherry Street from its continued sinking; and those supporting the Two Bridges Tower at 82 Rutgers. Blame the ongoing excavation activity. Because the crew has been pumping groundwater from the site nonstop since April, sinking pavement is the purported byproduct.

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Meanwhile, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, a local advocacy organization opposing what it calls a “racist poor door” development, just announced plans for a march against Extell. As previously reported, plans are underway to walk from Cherry Street to the steps of City Hall on September 25 to “tell Mayor de Blasio that communities of color have had enough with the city’s racism and efforts to push us out.”

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Photo: City Realty

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