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St. John’s Terminal Proposal Isn’t Good Enough

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer recommended denial of land use applications and the transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park Trust for the proposed redevelopment of the St. John’s Terminal site in the West Village.

“A worthy plan for the St. John’s Terminal site would have more and better affordable units, a true neighborhood retail plan, and accessible public spaces that residents will actually use,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “We don’t need to choose between a massive project with massive flaws or letting Pier 40 fall into the river — I firmly believe we can do better with this site.”

Brewer, issuing her office’s formal recommendation as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), argued that a better plan for the site could produce more affordable units with a more equitable distribution of those units throughout the development. She also cited deficiencies in the proposal’s plans for open space, transportation, parking, and retail in the neighborhood.

The applications will next be reviewed at a City Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday morning, August 24, at 10:00 am. Brewer plans to offer testimony on the proposal at that hearing.

Categories: Testimony, Transportation