Extell Updates: 13-Story ‘Poor Door’ Tower, Supermarket, and Apartment Repairs

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 at 5:10 am by

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Common area and entrance to 229 Cherry St.

In the five months since the last meeting, we’ve seen brochures marketing to the elite, glitzy renderings, and interviews with the press. Here in the neighborhood, momentum against the project has achieved a fever pitch. In fact, it’s singled out as the model property illustrating the class war happening in the backyard.

It was against this backdrop that Extell Development Corp. and LendLease (project management) returned to the community to provide some updates. The construction meeting was sparsely populated and surprisingly subdued. Cordial, even. But there were finally some conclusive details about the affordable “poor door” tower at 229 Cherry Street, including visuals sitting on tripods.

Herewith, some highlights:

The big one, 250 South Street

Pile-driving efforts for the 80-story market rate monolith have concluded, and no further structural impact on adjacent buildings is anticipated by Extell. Moreover, foundation work is 80% complete (should wrap in first quarter 2016), and work is already underway on the superstructure itself.

Domestic sales for the 815 condos will begin in the first quarter of 2016; it’s already underway abroad. Completion and opening is scheduled for 2019.

The enormous tower crane is amidst assembly and should be complete over the weekend. There was some valid concern about work starting at 5am on Saturday morning. Response from the panel was that they’re operating within their rights, but that the noisiest activity probably won’t happen until later. Pike Slip will be closed for the day, coordinated with the 7th Precinct. Officers were reportedly instructed to direct trucks to Montgomery Street and not Rutgers Slip.

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The “Poor Door,” 229 Cherry Street

This is the thirteen-story affordable tower that Extell loves to exclude when discussing its waterfront plans. Confirmed plans include 205 total units, 50% of which are earmarked for locals (i.e. lottery process). There are 49 studios, 51 one-bedrooms, 104 two-bedrooms, and an apartment for the super.

Ground break on this “affordable” building  is set to begin next year, with an end date of 2018. Note that it’ll be finished before its upper-crust sibling.


Let’s not forget the loss of Pathmark, a lifeblood for many in the immediate vicinity. Extell couldn’t confirm the identity, but did promise that a supermarket will open in the affordable building upon completion. Even though the 80-story development won’t be ready.

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Cracks inside a stairwell at 82 Rutgers St.


Extell is conducting “tours” of 82 Rutgers to assess damage from the last nine-plus months of earth-shattering excavation work. The developer will reportedly foot the bill for repair costs, including cracks, crumbling, doorway tune-ups, etc. Needless to say, the action garnered a smidgen of goodwill with embattled tenants here.

The plaza between the construction site and 82 Rutgers was repaired after neighbors noticed cracking and “widening of joints” along the pathway. A better lighting system was also installed around the perimeter. Once the smoke clears, this area will be redesigned; the east-facing wall of the affordable building will be a “green wall,” and “architecturally pleasing” pavers will be embedded.

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