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February 25, 2014- The WSJ reports that the new CB1, now controlled by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council’s Margaret Chin, have forced Howard Hughes to stall plans to build a high-rise at Pier 17.
The article states, “Before the formal public-review process begins, Howard Hughes Corp. has agreed to wait for weeks or months for recommendations from a new “Seaport Working Group” on its plan to build a residential and hotel tower and create a market in the historic Tin Building near the East River in Lower Manhattan. The working group, which the developer and local leaders plan to announce Tuesday, comes as many community groups and politicians are pushing for a more forceful voice for the community in development decisions under the new administration at City Hall. Gale Brewer, the new Manhattan borough president, said she would like to form similar working groups for other major projects. “I would love to see this kind of discussion…working groups for other large projects like this in other parts of Manhattan,” she said.”